2010-06-27 / Harbor Beach Times

Ubly Schools looking at a closed campus

By Amanda Grifka
Contributing Writer

Veteran Ubly police officer Matt Kuhl spoke in front of the Ubly School Board meeting last Monday to discuss closing the school campus during lunch time. Land owners have been complaining about students smoking during lunch on and near their property.

“My options are limited,” Kuhl said as to following the students and punishing them. He said that he knows the locations, but the students move when they see the police car coming. “There is a gradual increase in the county as a whole with drug problems, too,” Kuhl said. The board has not yet decided if it will be having a closed campus next year.

The board also received letters of retirement from four staff members. Leonard Schumacher, Marie Peruski, Karen Gentner and John Beaudin have all decided to retire. Third-party contracting will take place because some of the positions are not easy to fill, and the retired staff could easily fill in if desired.

Possible changes in the calculation of senior valedictorian and salutatorian may be underway. Ubly currently names the top two of the graduating class only on grade point average. Discussion of doing a calculation of GPA and ACT score, as is done in some other schools in the county, was debated.

Changes to the Positive Behavior System (PBS) were also discussed. The board is considering forming a committee of people who look at repeat student offenders. Rather than just rewarding students for positive behavior, there would be punishments for those who continually misbehave. Next year, there also will be three bus runs to the Huron County Technical Center rather than the current two. Students will have more of an opportunity to take online classes while they wait for the buses.

PTO President Sara Lautner presented a recap of the year. The most successful fund raisers were the silent auction, bringing in about $5,000, and the Spring Sprint with more than $8,000.

Last year the PTO raised enough money for phase one of the new playground equipment. They anticipate finishing the project next year.

The next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the high school library.

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