Friday, July 1, 2022

Central Montcalm school program featured at national conference

STANTON — The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education on Monday heard an update on a recent conference attended by Curriculum Director Mandy McLaughlin.

At the national conference, McLaughlin was able to present the district’s Association for Positive Behavior pilot program to attendees.

“Going there, I knew we were the only district in the state doing the APBS program,” she said. “Once I got there, I learned we were the only district in the nation doing it.”

The 19th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support was in San Diego, Calif., at the Manchester Grand Hyatt from April 13-16.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Central Montcalm was chosen as the Michigan rural school and another district in the state being chosen as an urban one. That other district eventually dropped out.

The mission statement for APBS is to enhance the quality of life of people, across the life-span, by promoting evidence-based and effective positive behavior support to realize socially valid and equitable outcomes for people, families, schools, agencies, and communities.

It emphasizes social and behavioral components, McLaughlin said.

“It is neat to think we are on the cutting edge of this program,” Superintendent Marty James said.

Also during Monday’s meeting, several school employees were recognized as placing in the Daily News Readers’ Choice Best awards. Sheena Sanders was named Best Teacher, First Runner Up. James was named Best School Administrator, First Runner Up. Winning first place were Central Montcalm Public Schools for Best School District and Heather Hopkins Guelzo for Best School Employee (non-teacher/admin) category.

In other matters … 

The school board also:

• accepted the retirement of Cindy Navarre, parapro;

• accepted the resignation of Pamela Reese, custodian;

• hired Abigail Seamon as CMUE principal, effective July 1;

• hired Allen Pohl, as a bus driver;

• hired Christina Dingman, sub parapro;

• hired Raven Baldwin, part time parapro;

• accepted the request of an unpaid leave of absence for Robin Bennet for medical reasons;

• accepted contract renewals for professional administrative staff, the director of food service, technology, athletics and transportation.

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