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Board of Ed votes on officers


Re-elected trustee, Jeff Gust, being sworn in.

17th Circuit Court Judge Christopher Yates swore in Vice-president Joe Marckini

The Cedar Springs Board of Education started their new school year Monday, July 11, by swearing in the recently elected board members and selecting this year’s officers.

President of the 2011-12 board is Brooke Nichols; Vice-president is Joe Marckini; Secretary is Tim Avery; and Treasurer is Todd Hanson.

17th Circuit Court Judge Christopher Yates swore in Joe Marckini and Jeff Gust, both incumbents who were reelected in May. Marckini, formerly board president, invited him to do the honors.

The board also had further discussion on athletics and the drop in participants. They clarified that athletics supervisor Autumn Mattson did not make the decision on her own about which sports would not receive funding, but that it was made jointly by Mattson, Superintendent Ron McDermed and Assistant Superintendent David Cairy. They also noted that a lot of parents called letting them know they had their support. They said they would be looking into things they could do to bolster participation.

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Superintendent receives high marks


Superintendent Ron McDerm

By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs Board of Education gave Superintendent Ron McDermed a favorable evaluation Monday evening, April 18, giving him an “exceeds goals” grade in all five categories they reviewed.
The board evaluates the superintendent each year based on board goals. McDermed, who is in his second full year as superintendent, was graded on the following goals:
•    Increasing student achievement through exemplary teaching
•    Builds a shared partnership with parents and community to build shared ownership in our district
•    Oversees and ensures sound fiscal management of the district’s resources
•    Superintendent/Board relations
•    General performance
The process included a closed meeting of the Cedar Springs Board of Education for its own evaluation, and an open Superintendent advisory committee that included board members, Cedar Springs Public Schools staff, the Cedar Springs City Manager, a representative from KSSN, a community member, and a representative from the Cedar Springs Ministerial Association.
Some comments from those who participated included in the evaluation noted that McDermed is a forward looking individual, keeps the bar high, is open and transparent, has a passion for the students and community, and has a distributive leadership that lets people do their jobs.
“The Cedar Springs Board of Education is grateful to Superintendent Ron McDermed for his commitment to our district…His leadership has allowed us to expand our student achievement…We believe the students and community of the Cedar Springs Public Schools District are well-served under his leadership,” the board noted in the summary of its evaluation.
For a complete copy of the evaluation, click on link: Superintendent Ron McDermed Evaluation 2010-2011.

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Protecting Our Investment…Securing Our Future


The Cedar Springs Public Schools Board of Education is requesting a one (1) mill sinking fund levy for a period of ten (10) years at the May 3, 2011 election.
• One mill would cost a homeowner with a $100,000 property value fifty dollars per year, less than one dollar per week.
• A sinking fund is a “pay as you go plan” with no interest or finance charges incurred by taxpayers.
• Stagnant or declining state funding has forced budget cuts for the last six years.
• Additional cuts and increased costs from the State are currently proposed at 2.4 million for the 2011-12 school year. In order to continue to support our infrastructure needs without additional funding we will be forced to cut programs for kids.

The Board of Education has worked hard to be good financial stewards.

Since 2003, the Board of Education has increased the district fund balance from a low of 5.7 percent to a current level of 14.99 percent. This fund balance allows us

to meet July, August, and September payrolls without the need to borrow. The Board has also decreased the percent of dollars spent on payroll from 85% to 75%.

Teachers, administrators, and support staff have taken freezes and benefits cuts to support our student needs first.

The Sinking Fund is the means by which the District can protect the community’s investment used by our students, staff, parents, and community.

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Board adopts proposal for sinking fund


The Cedar Springs Board of Education adopted a proposal on February 14, 2011 to go for a one mill sinking fund for the Cedar Springs Schools for a ten year period. The election will be held on May 3, 2011.
The Board acted on the recommendation of a District Advisory Committee composed of parents, staff and community members that have been working on the issue since October of 2010.
Additional information will be coming.  Community forums are planned for:
Tuesday, April 12 – Cedar Trails at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 14 – Community Night
Wednesday, April 20 – Red Hawk at 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 26 – High School at 7:00 p.m.

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Board of Education Recognition Month


As citizen leaders, individual school board members face complex and demanding challenges. They are alternately described as having the most important volunteer jobs in the country and facing the toughest challenge in elected American government. Yet school board members are just ordinary citizens with extraordinary dedication to our nation’s public schools.
Their job is to establish a vision for the education program, design a structure to achieve that vision, ensure schools are accountable to the community and strongly advocate continuous improvement in student learning. Yet local trustees sometimes tackle an often thankless job devoid of any glory. Too often we are quick to criticize school board members without really knowing all the details that went into a given decision. Now is the time to thank them for their untiring efforts.
Although they wear many hats in the workday world, school board members put on a collective hat when they get down to the business of leading their school districts. Board members must pull together as a team toward a common goal—helping students achieve.
Too often we forget about the personal sacrifices school board members routinely make. Board members contribute hundreds and hundreds of hours each year leading their districts. The time spent in board meetings represents just a small fraction of the hours school board members spend leading in their districts. They also work hard at seminars and training sessions to keep abreast of the latest trends in educational leadership, are deeply involved in community activities and spend many hours in the schools and at extracurricular events. Their love for learning, and concern and caring for students, staff and community, drives board members’ desire to lead so students can achieve.
In recognition of the dedicated service, January is designated School Board Recognition Month. This is a time to show our appreciation and begin to better understand how local trustees work together to provide a better future for our children. In January, join with others from throughout our district and state to salute our Board of Education.

Joe Marckini, President

Jeff Gust, Trustee

Brook Nichols, Vice President

Matt Shoffner, Trustee

Todd Hanson, Treasurer

Shannon Vanderhyde, Trustee

Tim Avery, Secretary

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