May School Board meeting summary

Posted May 22, 2017

The Plymouth School District Board of Education met at 7 p.m. May 16, 2017 in the Plymouth High School Amphitheatre.


Academic Excellence Pillar

The board approved the 2017-18 Plymouth High School Course Guide. PHS will be offering numerous new courses next year:

  • Landscaping
  • Agricultural Careers & Leadership
  • Farm to Fork
  • Management and Leadership
  • Applied Geometry
  • College Technical Mathematics
  • People and Places
  • Advanced Metal Welding and Fabrication
  • Co-Op

The board also heard a report from the Plymouth High School AFS chapter. Co-coordinator Anne Weeden presented a certificate from AFS, and co-coordinator Clare Sedlacek thanked the board and administration for their support of the program. With them were nine of the 12 AFS students studying at PHS this year, along with one from four years ago who is back for a visit. The students too offered thanks for the opportunity, and many noted that they have been able to do things they otherwise would not have done.



The board accepted a resignation request from Kelly Wink, speech and language pathologist at Horizon Elementary School, effective at the end of the school year. She has served the district for one year.

The board also learned of the following support staff changes:

  • Vicky Kruschke, special education aide at Plymouth High School, has resigned. She has served the district for 17 years.
  • Lisa Haack has been hired as a special education aide at Horizon Elementary School.


Election of officers

The board elected the following as its officers for 2017-18:

  • President: Tim St. Clair
  • Vice president: Richard York
  • Treasurer: Jamie Gambrell
  • Secretary: Sally Isely

The board also set the following liaison appointments:

  • Community Education Advisory Board: Sally Isely
  • Plymouth Education Foundation: Bob Travis
  • Family Resource Center: Jamie Gambrell
  • Professional Development Council: Richard York

In addition, the board outlined the process for filling a vacant position on the board representing Area B (for district residents living outside city limits). Candidates should submit a letter of interest in writing to the Plymouth School District, 125 Highland Ave., by Thursday, June 1 and plan on attending the Committee of the Whole meeting at 5 p.m. Monday, June 12. The board will vote on the matter at the Board of Education meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 20. The seat will be up for election in spring 2018.


Gifts and donations

The board gratefully accepted the following donations:

  • $957.90 from Horizon PATH for student transportation.
  • $550 from The Vollrath Company for Plymouth High student transportation to culinary competitions outside of the district.
  • $226.55 Parkview PTK for student transportation.
  • $25 from Sandy Nicholson to the automotive department at Plymouth High School.



The board approved a preliminary budget for 2017-18. Business Manager Jon Miller explained that revenues are expected to be up about 2.25%, thanks largely to the increase in state categorical aid included in the governor’s proposed budget. Salary and benefit expenses are anticipated to increase about 3.5%, leaving an operating deficit of about $72,000. The district also is anticipating about $400,000 worth of capital projects – including replacing the carpeting at Fairview and Parkview – which would be largely covered by the recent sale of district land. There are several unknowns – including costs associated with new hires and actual enrollment numbers – but Mr. Miller said he expects the tax levy to be largely unchanged.

The board also accepted a number of bids:

  • From Dulmes Décor to provide and install carpet square floor tiles at Fairview and Parkview schools this summer.
  • From Robinson Brothers Environmental to handle the asbestos abatement in conjunction with the carpeting project.
  • From the Gordon Fleisch Co. to lease and repair copy machines at Riverview, Horizon and Plymouth High School for a four-year term beginning July 1.
  • From Aldag Honold and RD Woods to provide a chimney liner and replace decaying brickwork on the Plymouth High School chimney.


Travel request

The board approved a travel request from Todd Williams, Plymouth High School business education teacher, to take students to Anaheim, Calif., to participate in the 2017 FBLA National Leadership Conference from June 28 to July 2.   


Summary prepared by Jamie Piontkowski, district coordinator of community communications