BETHEL TOWNSHIP — At their annual organizational meeting, the Bethel school board elected its board president and vice president.
Newcomers to the board, Jacob King and Julie Reese, will serve as the president and vice president of the board, respectively.
The new board president suggested several changes to the regular meeting structure, which were enacted. A section for citizen comments was moved to the end of the meeting and replaced an opportunity for citizens to ask questions about agenda items at the beginning of every meeting.
The board also added a section for comments from the president of the Bethel Education Association. King suggested the BEA president could use that time to update the board on association news.
Traci Brewer, BEA president, told the board that the association adopted a family of five for the holidays, raising money to buy gifts for each family member.
A regular meeting followed the board meeting. The board voted to accept a mediation settlement with the BEA. The mediation stipulates that no absence for professional reasons may be granted during the three days immediately preceding or following a vacation or holiday, or when the instructional process would be impaired by a teacher taking leave.
The board also approved the resignation of two staff members, Sandi Proffitt, middle school intervention specialist, and Elaine Koenig, middle school English teacher. They also voted to hire a new middle school intervention specialist, Janelle DeLaet.
The board also voted to approve Acorn Distributors as the district’s new supplier for janitorial supplies. According to Superintendent Ginny Potter, the move from Cintas to Acorn Distributers will save the district between $600 and $1,200 each month.
Potter also told the board that the new middle school entrance and office have been completed. The project added a new office for middle school administrators and constructed a dedicated entrance for the building.
“We love it,” she said.
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