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Koon selected as Onekama Consolidated Schools Board of Education president


Posted by Ken Grabowski
Manistee News Advocate

January 12th, 2015


The Onekama Consolidated Schools Board of Education elected Sally Koon to another term as president at Monday’s organizational meeting.

Koon has held the position for several years and was nominated for the position by board member Lynn Mathieu who praised the president for her service to the board.

“I would like to name Sally Koon as president because she has done an outstanding job, and I don’t see any reason for her not to be in the role that she has been in as president,” said Mathieu.

The board concurred with the motion and on a 6-0 vote she was put back in place as president. Koon thanked the board for its support of her as president.

   Members of the Onekama Consolidated Schools Board of Education were honored on 
 Monday evening as January is School Board Recognition Month. Pictured left to right in the 
 front row (left to right) are Sally Koon (president), Lynn Mathieu and Heidi Wisniski. 
 Back row (left to right) are Jerry Brown, Karl Domres (vice president), Mickey Story 
 (treasurer) and Mike Acton (secretary).

Board members selected Karl Domres as the vice president. Board member Mickey Story said he felt Domres was a natural choice for the position. The board voted 6-0 to put him in that position.

“I think it is important to have someone in that position with a lot of experience in case you (Koon) are not here and Karl would do an outstanding job filling in for you,” he said.

Other officer positions went to Mike Acton who was selected on a 6-0 vote as secretary. Koon said she felt Acton was a good choice even though Monday was his first meeting because he has done many things to prepare for joining the board.

“I think it is important to have someone in that position who could sign for things and Mike would be able to do that, plus he has already taken four or five of the Michigan Association of School Board courses,” said Koon.

The last officer position of treasurer went to Mickey Story to round out the officers for the 2015 year.

Board members agreed to keep the regular monthly meetings at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month. The board meetings will remain in the school media center unless a need arises to move to a larger location.

Other organizational items required the naming of board members to various committees. Those selections included:

Other organizational items required the naming of board members to various committees. Those selections included:

   ~Onekama Education Foundation Board of Trustees:
     Acton;

   ~Community marketing/focus: Koon and Acton;

   ~Financial stability: Heidi Wisniski

   ~K-12: Story

   ~People and Culture: Mathieu and Koon; and

   ~Technology: Jerry Brown and Domres.



Mick Story being sworn in by administrative 
assistant Mary Bergren

Domres said he hopes the board will re-visit the committees that the board has in the upcoming year.

“I like this document, and we put a lot of time into it, but sometimes simple is better,” he said. “Later in the year we might want to condense it down some.”

The board agreed with that assessment and plans to look at revamping those committees later in the year.

Other action items to come before the board was approval to send letters of interest to join the Northern Michigan Football Conference and the Northwest Conference.

“Right now we are sending a letter to be an interest in these leagues and the process will be in play from there,” said Onekama Superintendent Kevin Hughes. “(Athletic director) Mary Jo (Zadow) was instructed to approach the coaches and they were all for it. The change wouldn’t be for next year, as we are already scheduled for football next year, so it would be for the (2016-17) following year.”

Hughes said schedules are made out so far in advance they have already booked most of their games for next fall.

“It is also why we need to do it because if we are not in a league everything is booked everywhere and it is almost impossible to book games,” said Brown.

Hughes said this is just the first part of the process. He said if the league looks like it would accept Onekama then they would go to the next step, which would be to go to the West Michigan D League to inform them that they might be leaving the league.

Onekama was a member of the Northwest Conference in the past, before moving to West Michigan D League several years ago.

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