Deliberation on new superintendent form for Williamston School District

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By Leslie Spector
Williamston Post staff writer

Standing left to right: Secretary Ernie Gaffner, Vice President Lary Ward, President Marci Scott, Treasurer Gordon Wenk Sitting left to right: Trustees Charles Haseman, Rhonda Coon and Jeff West

Standing left to right: Secretary Ernie Gaffner, Vice President Lary Ward, President Marci Scott, Treasurer Gordon Wenk
Sitting left to right: Trustees Charles Haseman, Rhonda Coon and Jeff West

The main topic at the Williamston school board meeting on Monday, Sept. 30, was the superintendent evaluation form.

Currently, the Williamston Board of Education uses the Michigan Association of School Boards evaluation for the superintendent. Narda Murphy, superintendent of the Williamston school district, suggested to the board to switch to the Michigan Association of School Administration, or M.A.S.A., superintendent evaluation.

Murphy prepared a PowerPoint presentation for the meeting, which included information about the new evaluation and an explanation of how the board could benefit.

“The advantage of switching to M.A.S.A. is that this is a web-based program,” Murphy said. “With this program, the board and myself have the advantage to upload documents. There would be no more stacks of paper and our information would be more organized.”

Further discussion on the evaluation form will take place at the next meeting on Monday, Oct. 21.

An additional focal point during the meeting addressed the district’s proposed policies. One policy discussed at Monday’s meeting was the alcohol, inhalants, steroids and drug abuse policy. The board discussed changing the name of this policy to “substance abuse” and thought about altering some of the regulations.

“The old policy focuses on a punishment for those students who do not abide by the rules,” said Rhonda Coon, board trustee. “Our new policy will refer students back to the code of conduct.”

“The more specific a policy is, the more incumbent it is,” Secretary Ernie Gaffner said.

Deliberation on these policies will continue on Oct. 21.

Another topic at the meeting was the policy on concussions and athletics. As of this school year, the state of Michigan mandated that parents must be informed right away if their child has a concussion.

“There is a lack of communication when it comes to this topic,” said Jeff West, board trustee. “Parents need to inform the school if their child had a concussion recently and the school needs to inform the parents if their child got a concussion during gym.”

The board proposed that if a student and their parent or guardian fail to sign the “parent and athlete concussion information sheet,” they are not allowed to participate in gym class. A vote on this particular policy will take place during the Oct. 21 meeting.

The superintendent congratulates Williamston High School on a successful homecoming game. The Hornets beat the Stockbridge Panthers, 50-30, Friday night.

“The homecoming game drew a huge crowd,” she said. “It was a great night for the Hornets.”

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