ADRIAN - While nearing the home stretch of its superintendent search process for Adrian Public Schools, the Adrian Board of Education began its 2022 regular meeting schedule with some housekeeping duties to tend to.
Most notably, during the board's annual organizational meeting Monday, the appointment of officers for the year were approved, which saw Beth Ferguson retain her seat as president and Jon Baucher continuing as board vice president.
There will however, be a new secretary for 2022, as trustee Mike Buku was approved for the role, succeeding Michael Ballard, who was named the board's acting secretary in Buku's absence.
The board also approved its meeting schedule for the year, which will follow the same format as the past year. Meetings are set for 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of the month in room B-100 at Adrian High School, 785 Riverside Ave., unless otherwise noted.
The board also approved these items during its organizational meeting:
• The names of all institutions Adrian Public Schools will bank with during the year, as well as the names of school officials who can sign off on accounts and checks on behalf of the district. Banks that the district will utilize include Huntington Bank, Premier Bank, The Michigan Class Pool, and Michigan Liquid Asset Fund Plus.
• Allowing the state and federal programming director and the superintendent to apply for grants and federal projects.
• Retaining Thrun Law Firm of East Lansing, which specializes in education and municipal law, as the district's legal counsel for 2022 and that a retainer fee be paid.
• All board member appointments to the finance, curriculum and personnel subcommittees.
• Appointing Ballard to be the Adrian representative to the Lenawee County Association of School Boards.
• Having the secretary publish the dates, times and meeting locations for all board meetings along with the district's telephone number.
In other business
During its regular meeting Monday, the school board:
• Accepted the retirement announcement of teacher Jeffrey Condon, who has taught for 30 years at Adrian Public Schools, is currently a teacher at Alexander Elementary School and is a former president of the Adrian Educational Association. Several board member spoke highly of Condon, mentioning his affect on students and teachers.
"He was always doing the best that he could for the Adrian district and he will be missed," Ballard said.
• Approved nine new hires: paraprofessionals Kyla Buie, Jasmine Frederick, Matthew Graham, Nicole Lennard and Kelsey Seegert; administrative assistant Amanda Keleigh Knowles; interventionist Jane Raab; school nurse Raelyn Pummell; and COVID coordinator Danielle Watson.
• The acceptance of cards and "thank yous" from the AEA, which recognized the board of education for its service to the school district as part of National School Board Recognition Month, which is observed in January.
• Though no decision was made, the board discussed the possibility of holding a special meeting Thursday, Jan. 13, for discussion only of the final two rounds of superintendent interviews taking place this week. On Tuesday, Nate Parker, principal at Springbrook Middle School in Adrian, interviewed for a second time for the position. James Anderson, principal at Wayne Memorial High School in Wayne, interviews for a second time at 7 p.m. today.
Ferguson said she would consult with the board's adviser on the superintendent search process, John Silveri, Michigan Leadership Institute's regional president for southeast Michigan, about the possible meeting and to see if the board would be "overstepping its authority" by having the discussion Thursday.
Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 18 and 19, certain board members and district central office staff are to participate in site visits to the final two candidates' home districts in order to see them "on their turf," Ferguson previously said to The Daily Telegram. Wayne Westland Community Schools, which is the district Anderson is a part of, has switched to all virtual learning this week and next week due to COVID-19 case numbers. Ferguson said that will impact the planned site visit, but the board will consult with Silveri about other options to visit with Anderson at his current district.
This article originally appeared on The Daily Telegram: Ferguson remains APS Board president, Baucher stays as board VP