March School Board meeting summary

Posted April 3, 2107

The Plymouth School District Board of Education met at 7 p.m. March 21, 2017 in the Plymouth High School Amphitheatre.


Pillars of Excellence strategic planning

  • Community Engagement Pillar: Kathryn Murray, Community Education & Recreation director, told the board that Community Ed & Rec served 2,312 different individuals during the 2015-16 school year. She also highlighted several success stories, including increased recreation offerings, a collaborative series of letters to families with young children, the new Mural Masterpieces classes for younger students, and the overwhelmingly popular Gut Series. Learn more about Community Ed & Rec.
  • Academic Excellence Pillar: The Board approved the 2017 Summer School course offerings. Learn more about Summer School.



The board approved the retirement request Sheila Brzeski, a first-grade teacher at Horizon Elementary School, effective at the end of the school year. She has served the Plymouth School District for 28 years.

The board also learned of the following support staff changes:

  • Chloe Pufahl, special education aide at Riverview Middle School, resigned effective March 3.  She served the Plymouth School District for seven months.
  • Ruth Ann Easteroff has been hired as a special education aide at Horizon Elementary School.
  • Sarah Gamoke has been hired as a special education aide at Plymouth High School.
  • Ashley Hilbelink has been hired as a special education aide at Riverview Middle School
  • Barb Shircel has been hired as a special education aide at Parkview Elementary School.
  • Stephanie Zamora has been hired as a special education aide at Fairview Elementary School.



The board accepted a payment of $8,175 from the PHS booster clubs and athletic teams to defray the costs of constructing the concession and restroom facilities near the football/track area and the soccer/softball fields.

Nine years ago, the board agreed to pay off the remaining $84,000 for the facilities, with the understanding that the booster groups would pay the money back over 10 years. This ninth installment left a balance of $200. Athletic director Gale Grahn then donated $100 from his family and $100 in memory of former athletic director Mike Slagle, fulfilling an agreement the two of them made nine years ago to cover the final $200 themselves.

The board also gratefully accepted the following donations:

  • $16,810 from the Plymouth Education Foundation for the Riverview STEAM Program.
  • $1,677 from Riverview RAPT for student field trips.
  • $1,000 from Dave and Jo Slott for the PHS Track Team, in honor of Ed Grosshuesch's 87th birthday.
  • $100 from Derek Klug for the Horizon third grade.


Travel request

The board approved a travel request from Jason Sebranek, Plymouth High School band director, to take students to Orlando, Fla., from Nov. 16 to 22 to perform in a parade at Walt Disney World. Expenses will be the responsibility of the students and their families.


Board policy

The board had the first reading of a revised policy 0130 By-Laws (Functions), which better explains the functions of a school board.


Summary prepared by Jamie Piontkowski, district coordinator of community communications