The Swanton Board of Education last Wednesday conducted annual business and approved an agreement for a welding program.
At their organizational meeting, new board member Autumn Adams took the oath of office. Shannon Crow was elected board president and Steve Brehmer vice president.
Also, this year, meetings will remain the third Wednesday of the month, but will now begin at 6:30 p.m. May 23 and Nov. 14 meetings are exceptions to the rule.
In the regular meeting, the board approved an agreement with Swanton Welding and Machining Company that facilities the start of a welding program in the district. According to Superintendent Chris Lake, the program with Swanton Welding will begin at the start of the second semester, which is Jan. 29.
Swanton Welding will provide space in its facility for instruction in welding skills. Online curriculum selected by the Board of Education will be used for classroom instruction and assessment.
Reports were also presented to the board by district administrators.
Swanton Elementary School principal Kristi Molter reported that the school’s after-school program is in full swing each Wednesday and Thursday. Students receive tutoring and academic support from certified teachers.
She said the staff is excited about the finishing touches being put on the newest addition at the building and that the additional space is greatly needed and appreciated.
Middle school principal Matt Smith reported that the school now has matching purple lockers throughout. Also, motivational speaker Brad Hurtig will talk to students on Feb. 20, after the previous date had been cancelled due to weather.
Swanton High School principal Jason Longbrake reported that Jane Grindle’s environmental science class recently took a field trip to Oak Openings Metropark where they studied wildlife and biomes unique to the region.
He also reported that Betty Jo Sadowski donated three custom table covers for extra-curricular events in the district. She also donated a custom Swanton backdrop and stand to use for posed pictures.