Story and photos by John Hummer
Exponent staff writer
Principals are often the least recognized individuals in education, yet set the academic tone for schools with their vision, dedication, and determination for achieving academic success.
At the Feb. 12 Columbia School board meeting, as part of Principal Appreciation Month, the board and superintendent Pam Campbell recognized and thanked the district’s principals for their commitment and service to the Columbia School District.
“The expectations for principal leadership within schools have increased greatly in the past decade, including quality and accountability for all children,” said Campbell. “These devoted leaders contribute to the well-being of our school district and we would not be able to function without their attentiveness and hard work.”
In other news, new board member Garrick Zuver was sworn in. Zuver was unanimously appointed at a special board meeting on Feb. 5 to replace Bev Fish who recently stepped down due to family reasons. In addition, at the same Feb. 5 meeting, the board unanimously adopted a resolution calling for a ballot proposition for the district requesting a millage proposal for building and site purposes at 18.336 mills for six years. The proposition will be slated for the May 8 election.
During the Feb. 12 board meeting, representatives from the board were assigned to 10 board committees. Robert Woodard was hired as the special education teacher at Columbia Central Senior High School and Kristen Kimble as the special education teacher at Columbia Upper Elementary School.
The board approved the purchase of a 2018 Model Ford F-350 truck from Varsity Ford in the amount of $28,462.32 as well as a snow blade for an additional $8,000 (approximate).
The board approved changing the status of the ad hoc Athletic Committee to a standing committee to give it full committee status. Board president Robert Wahr stated the committee will serve in an advisory role on athletic matters and provide feedback to the board and superintendent.
The board also approved the purchase of a riding floor scrubber from Lansing Sanitary Supply for $12,731.52 to be used at Columbia Elementary School.
In other announcements during the meeting, the high school band participated in a solo and ensemble event recently at Onsted High School.
“They earned medals in a number of events and qualified for state solo and ensemble which is awesome,” reported student board representative Tanner Stevens.
The PTO Winter Carnival has been rescheduled for Friday, March 9 at CUES.
Teachers and students are gearing up for testing season and March is Reading Month at both CUES and Columbia Elementary School.
A parent night for families interested in the Jackson Area College and Career Connection Early/Middle College program (JAC3 E/MC) is taking place Monday, Feb. 26, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Columbia Central High School. It is a unique learning program that creates a pathway for Jackson County high school students to simultaneously earn his/her high school diploma, college credit (up to an associate’s degree), a technical/career credential, participation within a school-to-registered apprenticeship, and the opportunity for employment upon graduation.
As part of a new pilot adult education technical career training program, Columbia Options High School is partnering with Lenawee County’s Vo-Tech program and the Michigan Center for Science and Industry out of Hudson that allows past or present high school students (at least 18 years of age) to take remedial classes followed by vocational and technical training. The program includes robotics, HVAC, CNC, and electrical areas of study. A-Plus Electric in Clark Lake is one of the businesses participating in the program.