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Cassopolis schools postpone donation acceptance

Published 6:39pm Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Cassopolis Public Schools’ board of education postponed the acceptance of a $3,000 donation from Cassopolis Family Clinic Monday, citing the need to consult legal opinion.

During the regular meeting of the board at Ross Beatty Junior/Senior High School, Secretary Susan Horstmann and Treasurer George Calvert moved and seconded the resolution to accept the donation to the Athletic Department. Trustee Jason Pompey made a motion, however, to postpone the acceptance of the donation until the next meeting of the board to ensure there will be no conflict of interest. The board recently approved a grant application in conjunction with the clinic, which will establish a presence in the former wood shop room at the high school. Acting President Jeremy Carlisle seconded the motion, which was unanimously approved by the board, minus Trustees Scott Ward and Janet Hall, who were absent from the meeting.

Carlisle said the issue will be discussed during a special board meeting tonight at 6 where action will be taken.

Hire, resignation approved

In other news, the board approved the hiring and resignation of employees during the meeting.

Eric Brown was approved to be hired as an instructional paraprofessional for adult education following a successful completion of his probationary period with the district.

The board also approved the resignation of James Moore, the boys varsity basketball coach, which took effect immediately. Carlisle asked Supt. Tracy Hertsel why there have been recent resignations of district coaches. Hertsel explained that each coach resigned due to personal matters.

The special meeting of the board will take place tonight at 6 in the library of Ross Beatty Junior/Senior High School.

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