Board of Education Meeting Overview

An overview of actions taken by the
Utica Community Schools
Board of Education
November 24, 2014

Board recognizes UCS marching bands, staff member
The Board of Education recognized the Eisenhower, Henry Ford II,
Stevenson and Utica High school marching bands for overall performance achievement at the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association festival in October.

The Board also recognized UCS Executive Director of Technology
John Graham for his work with Education Superhighway and the FCC to
develop the E-Rate Modernization Order adopted last summer to provide connectivity to millions of America’s students.

Dr. Johns updates the Board on White House summit, ThunderQuest
student musicals and Michigan Child Protection Registry

Superintendent Dr. Christine Johns began her report by sharing her
experience as one of 100 superintendents invited to the White House
Technology Education Summit on November 19.
Dr. Johns invited the community to the annual ThunderQuest tournament at Ford II High School on Saturday, December 6 where 50 student teams will meet in Michigan’s largest FIRST Lego League robotics competition.
She went on to express her pride in the district’s fine arts program and the exceptional talent displayed at our many student performances this fall.
Lastly, Dr. Johns encouraged UCS families to take advantage of the new
Michigan Child Protection Registry. She explained this is a free service
from the State of Michigan designed to protect children from receiving
adult-themed material through e-mail, cell phones and Instant Messaging. She directed parents to the www.protectMIChild.com logo on the district Web site to register and learn more.

Policy 5325 approved
The Board approved Policy 5325 Administration of Medication. The
updated policy complies with State of Michigan PA 187 requirements.

Administrative bargaining committees appointed
The Board appointed administrative bargaining committees to conduct
contract negotiations with the following employee groups: Utica Food
Service Chapter – Local 1664, Transportation Chapter – Local 1664 and
Technical Office Professional – UAW Local 400.

Contracts approved
The Board approved contract extensions to Integrated Design Solutions and Shena Roofing & Sheet Metal.