Meeting Preview: Saline Board of Education to Consider Ethics Policy Amendments, New Board Procedures

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 02/09/2020 - 01:35

The Saline Board of Education meets at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11 in the board room at Liberty School.

The student showcase will feature a performance by the Saline High School Ten Tones choir. There will also be a presentation on digital media design.

The board will hear scheduled reports from Saline Middle School Principal Brad Bezeau, who will report on middle school scheduling, and Student Services Director Molly Garcia, who will provide an update on her department.

There are two action items on the agenda. The board will consider amendments to the board member ethics policy and to board operating procedures. Changes to the ethics policy include new language stating board members will not participate in day-to-day operations of the district. Other new ethics policy language suggests board members should advocate for the good work of the district, support consensus of the board, and decisions of the board.  The policy says that upon being notified of a possible ethics violation, the board president or any three board members may set a hearing to determine whether violations have occurred and determine what, if any, sanctions should be imposed. Sanctions can include reprimand, formal censure, loss of committee assignments, restrictions on budget or travel, and removal from office by the governor “in the manner and for the causes provided by law.”

New language in the ethics policy also refers to a new board operating procedures, which the board will consider Tuesday. Among other things, the operating procedures spell out some of the duties of the board president, set a template for agendas, and a timeline of annual issues appearing on agendas. The procedures also detail expectations of board members, including language instructing board members to bring “no surprises” to the board table. The procedures also keep trustees from responding to public participation at board meetings. The new language also restricts board members’ communication with the media and community.

In the consent agenda, the board will approve several field trips, including the FCCLA’s state conference in Midland, March 18-20; The state FFA convention in Lansing, March 4-6; and the baseball team’s spring trip to Indianapolis, March 30-April 1.

The consent agenda also includes the human resources report. Susan Gammon has left Harvest, where she was a driver and paraeducator. 

There were several hirings. Annette Cain, Saline High School, Whitney Watkins, Saline High School, and Angela Walker-Boyd, Harvest Elementary, were hired as paraeducators. William Collins was hired as culinary technician for the South and West Washtenaw Consortium.  Brian Rimer was hired as custodian at Saline High School.

 

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