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Owens, O'Neil elected to top board positions



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January 09, 2017
ALMONT — Almont Board of Education members chose new officers at the Thursday, Jan. 5 annual organizational meeting.

Elected to the positions of board president and vice president were Jonathan Owens and Jill O'Neil, respectively.

Board member John Miles will serve as board secretary, and John Brzozowski returns as the treasurer.

Board members serving as trustees are: Stephan Manko and newly-elected school board members Jennifer Mitchell and Michael Sullivan.

It was also the first meeting of the year for newly-hired Almont Schools Superintendent, Dr. William Kalmar, who served as principal of Imlay City High School before taking the superintendent's post.

2017 meeting schedule

The new board also established its 2017 regular meeting schedule.

All meetings take place the fourth Monday of the month, starting at 7 p.m. in Almont High School's Media Center.

An exception occurs in the months of November and December, when the regular board meetings are held on the third Monday of the month.

Committee meetings

In another matter, Dr. Kalmar said the board discussed possible changes to its traditional work session meetings.

Kalmar said new school board President Jonathan Owens is in the process of identifying various board members to sit on five three-person committees; including Finance, Personnel, Curriculum, Policy and Building and Site.

He said each committee will be comprised of a chairperson and two board members.

As board president, Owens will serve on three of the committies, while other board members will be required to sit on two committees.

Kalmar added that all such meetings will be open to the public, but will not require a quorum of board members. Therefore, no votes will be taken.

Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.
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