Steve Brehmer was elected president of the Swanton Board of Education at its organizational meeting on Monday. David Smith will be the vice president for 2019.
Board members also scheduled regular meeting dates for 2019. The board will meet the third Wednesday of each month, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
A light, regular board meeting followed the organizational meeting and included acceptance of donations and approving personnel items.
Donations included $1,091.60 from the Swanton Athletic Boosters to the cheerleading team fundraising account; $1,058.62 from Kroger to the general fund; $187.76 from City BBQ to fund an eighth grade trip; $100 from Christmas in Swanton to Swanton 7 program; $95 from Tim Nelson to the boys basketball team fundraising account; and $59.89 from Kroger to assist with prom activities.
Personnel items on the agenda included Danielle Leahey as girls basketball freshman/assistant coach, Stacy Butler as Destination Imagination volunteer, and Trevor Schaller as an athletic volunteer and wrestling club volunteer.
In his report, Superintendent Chris Lake recognized January as School Board Recognition Month and approved the Swanton High School Class of 2019 list.
• Swanton Elementary School principal Kristi Molter reported that third grade teachers are evaluating the results of the fall AIR English Language Arts tests to identify students who may need additional support. Last fall, Swanton’s average score was two points better than the state average, while this past fall it was 12 points better.
Molter also reported that the after school program is in full swing each Tuesday and Thursday.
• A competition was held Dec. 20 as part of the Swanton 7 Initiative at Swanton Middle School, principal Matt Smith said in his report. Students competed for their houses in dodgeball, basketball, water bottle flipping, and Mario Kart.
Smith added that the students “were very enthusiastic and showed excellent sportsmanship.”
• Swanton High School principal Jason Longbrake reported that the National Honor Society sponsored a food and toiletry drive this holiday season. Nearly 3,000 items were donated by SHS students and their families and delivered to the Swanton Food Pantry.
Also, Mrs. Moeller and the Students in Action group baked and iced cookies for local groups. Students delivered cookies to such places as the 180th Fighter Wing, Swanton Police, Swanton Fire, and other organizations around Swanton.
• Glen Dominique reported that heating and cooling system issues have been worked on at the high school and middle school. He said a lot went on at the elementary school over Christmas break. Floors were stripped and waxed, and walls painted in the front office and workroom. Also, work was done in a pair of restrooms.