By: Brendan Smoker
The Bath High School bees.
Photo by Brendan Smoker
Mark Twain wrote in his novel “Huckleberry Finn” that “God made the idiot for practice, and then he made the school board.” Bath’s Board of Education’s meeting on Monday, Feb. 26 at Bath High School, took on the tone of Twain’s statement.
The meeting focused on appreciating the school board by distributing gift bags to each board member and displaying thank you cards from students in the Bath School District.
A thank you letter directed to the Bath Township Board of Education.
Photo by Brendan Smoker
Bath first-graders shared their thanks in a video in which they sing “we appreciate you.” The entire video was six minutes long, but Bath Elementary School Principal Zac Strickler assured everyone two minutes would be plenty to enjoy. “(The video) says a lot about the thoughtfulness of this community,” said Strickler.
Bath Superintendent enjoyed the video as well. “I know the board really appreciated the recognition from our high school and elementary students, especially the video with the first-graders singing,” Huffman said. “These acts of kindness are an example of what makes Bath such a great school and community.”
Three Bath seniors gave a thank you presentation for a trip the school board donated funds to so that 48 seniors at Bath High School could attend their senior ski trip. Each student shared pictures of their time at the resort.
Board of Education treasurer since 1998, Dean Sweet Jr., enjoyed the students’ presentation. “What the seniors did was great and I want to see more of it,” he said.
After hearing about the seniors’ ski trip, Michigan State plant biology grad student, Prateek Shetty comments, “Those kids very are fortunate. I was not able to go on my senior trip because I had to pay all of it out of pocket. Our school board would never be so generous.”
A big thank you
The presentations and thank you cards were a compilation thanks to the board for budgeting several class excursions over the past couple years, as well as a new school bus.
Huffman values the school board and everything they do for the district. “Our school board is progressive and focused on offering excellent educational opportunities to our students,” said Huffman. “Our staff, from support staff to teachers, is top notch and student centered. No child goes unnoticed at Bath Schools, and every child receives support in working to maximize their educational abilities.”
Future plans for the school board is “finishing our curriculum alignment, implementing a new teacher/administrator evaluation system, and beginning to use a new data warehouse,” said Huffman.
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