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DashBoard, March 4, 2015

Kathy Stewart, Superintendent of Saginaw Intermediate School District, along with the Saginaw ISD School to Work Team Janet Timbs, Patrick Bray, Deb vanBenschoten, Denny Wickham, Chico Ramos, Cherie Coopersmith and Mary Ruckle were inducted into the MASA Winners’ Circle on Jan. 22, 2015.

Emcee Lou Guizzetti, executive director for SET SEG School Insurance Specialists, paused slightly before awarding the final trophy at the Michigan’s Best Luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. The audience seized on the spirit of the event providing a drum roll using their hands and tabletops as he announced that Wayne RESA was the recipient of the MASB/SET SEG Education Excellence Program’s top honor, Best of the Best, for its Project PRIME program.

The State Board of Education met yesterday to review candidates for the position of State Superintendent. There were over 50 applicants for the position from Michigan and around the country. After a complete review and discussion of all candidates, done largely in closed session as almost all candidates requested confidentiality, the Board identified six very strong candidates as semifinalists to invite for public interviews next week.

DashBoard, March 11, 2015

Fairview Area Schools was ranked #2 overall in the recent district Academic State Champ awards given by Bridge Magazine, and its high school (#6) was also honored this year in the first-ever ranking of individual schools.

In January, the Michigan Employment Relations Commission ruled in favor of the Garden City Education Association in a dispute over whether it was permissible for the Garden City Public Schools to institute a mid-contract change to their health care cost-sharing system from an 80-20 to a hard cap cost-sharing system.

The National School Boards Association’s Technology Leadership Network recently announced its “20 to Watch” honorees for 2014-2015, including a director/assistant principal from Michigan.

With the campaigns for and against Proposal 1 gearing up, MASB has gathered together several resources for your districts to use in communicating about this amendment, including language for a board resolution.

DashBoard, March 18, 2015

Last week, the Michigan Court of Appeals issued its long-awaited ruling on whether the State Tenure Commission has jurisdiction over teacher layoff disputes. In a 3-0 decision, the Court ruled that the STC has no jurisdiction over layoff claims, and that a tenured teacher’s only recourse to challenge layoff decisions is to file a complaint in a court, rather than with the STC or the Michigan Employment Relations Commission.

Last week, the Governor issued Executive Order 2015-9, which moves the duties, functions and responsibilities of the State School Reform/Redesign Officer in the Michigan Department of Education to a new State Reform Office created in the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget.

The following members were recently appointed or elected to the MASB Board of Directors.

Now that bargaining season is upon us, it is time to start looking at where your district stands financially. It goes without saying that your bargaining team should have a handle on revenue, expense and fund balance projections for the coming school year, but are you paying close attention to your trends?

Swan Valley School District was named one of three grand prize winners in the 21st annual Magna Awards program sponsored by the National School Boards Association’s American School Board Journal.

DashBoard, March 25, 2015

 Congratulations to the hundreds of board members across the state who earned recognition through the MASB Certified Board Member Awards program in 2014. Check out the Member Kudos section below where two President's Award of Recognition honorees are highlighted. 

Eight members earned the President's Award of Recognition in 2014, the highest individual honor in MASB's CBA Program. MASB staff asked each of these dedicated life-long learners to share a few thoughts. This week, we hear from Theresa Genest Roseville Community Schools and Macomb ISD) and Stephen Hyer (Clarkston Community Schools).

That was the theme from the Council of School Attorneys Conference in Nashville last week in virtually every presentation and discussion. School attorneys from all across the country, including Joel [Gerring] and I, updated one another on a variety of hot legal topics that many local school districts are facing already or will likely face soon.