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Barry ISD students thank the school board

Barry Intermediate School District Board of Education members show off the gifts decorated for them by students to show their appreciation to board members. From left are: Dr. Robert Becker, Deb Hatfield, Sharon Boyle, and Carl Schoessel. Not pictured is board President Elizabeth Matteson, who was absent.

Jessica Courtright

Staff Writer


Barry Intermediate School District students presented the Board of Education with canvas bags decorated by students during the board meeting Tuesday, Feb. 11.

Students decorated canvas bags for Barry ISD board members in celebration of School Board Appreciation Month.  Teacher Molly Keller, along with four students from the West Learning Center, presented board members with a canvas decorated with fingerprints of students in all of the Barry ISD classrooms, in addition to the painted tote bags.

Each student greeted the board and introduced themselves. The four students from the West Learning Center who presented the gifts to the board of education were Therin Drake, Hope Lynch, Stephen Nagy, and Kayden Saxton.

While handing the canvas to board members, Keller said, “We were thinking this could be hung in the board room and then, over the years, we can create a gallery of artwork created by the students of the Barry ISD.”

Board members and Barry ISD Superintendent Richard Franklin agreed that a gallery sounded like a great idea.

As Keller handed out the canvas bags, she said, “Like I told you guys earlier, we are going to do an adopt a classroom. So each classroom was assigned to a board member.”

Keller said they are hopeful that the board members will be able to visit their adopted classrooms and get to know the students to “see what we are all about on, a daily basis.”

Dr. Robert Becker received a bag from Molly Keller's classroom at the West Learning Center, Deb Hatfield received a bag from Carissa Foster's classroom at Star Elementary, Sharon Boyle received a bag from the BISD classroom in the Hastings Middle School, and Carl Schoessel received a bag from Casey Gergen's classroom at Southeastern Elementary School.

Although absent, board president Elizabeth Matteson received a bag from Joyce Lee's Young Adult Program at West Learning Center.


In other business:


• The Barry ISD Parent Teacher Organization will be hosting a bowl-a-thon fundraiser from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at the Hastings Bowl, 203 E Woodlawn Ave. in Hastings.

• Franklin noted that Barry ISD received an official notice from the Michigan Department of Education from Teri Chapman from the Office of Special Education explaining, “It’s a letter. It doesn’t say sorry, but it does say, ‘We were incorrect in citing you for performance plan indicator issues in Secondary Transition.’ They went back and rechecked the data and determined that we are in compliance and there is no finding.”

This notice is not related to the Early Childhood Fiscal Monitoring.

Franklin said there isn’t an update on the Early Childhood Fiscal Monitoring. 

He has put in calls the state department of education but has heard nothing back.  However, he said that the independent auditors did notify him that they would be submitting their reports to the state Department of Education soon.


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