Oscoda Area Schools Board of Education and staff hold the May 11, board meeting remotely on GoToMeeting to adhere to the stay-at-home order posed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

OSCODA – The Oscoda Area Schools (OAS) Board of Education met on Monday, May 11, via a GoToMeeting video call to discuss the hiring of a new elementary school teacher and two resignations. 

The most recent hire to Richardson Elementary School (RES) is Anne Negro of West Branch. Negro graduated from Central Michigan University (CMU) in 2006 and received her bachelor of arts in elementary education. She returned to CMU and received her master of arts in teacher leadership in December 2014. 

Negro has worked at Bingham Arts Academy in Alpena as a second grade and fifth/sixth grade split teacher and a parent liaison and a behavioral interventional specialist. 

In October 2009 to October 2010 she worked at Huron Pines AmeriCorps in Alpena as a place-based education coordinator. For the last five to six years she has worked at West Branch-Rose City Schools as a kindergarten, first, fifth and sixth grade teacher. 

A motion approve the hire of Negro was made by Secretary Mary Reitler and was seconded by Trustee Dan Schlink receiving a 6-0 vote. Trustee Rose Fulton was absent from the Monday meeting. 

In addition to the one hire, board members also discussed the resignation of second grade RES teacher Kimberly Swanson and the retirement of OHS Head Cook Mary Jean Kraft. Swanson submitted her resignation to RES Principal Tami Pichla stating that her last day will be June 6. She stated in her resignation that she has decided to move back to Florida due to personal circumstances. 

“I greatly appreciate the opportunity to be an Oscoda Owl during my time in Michigan. It has truly been wonderful seeing such teamwork, collaboration, student success, and of course, SNOW!” stated Swanson in her letter. 

She stated further that she would miss her teammates, the school community and that she would take some of her many teaching practices that she has acquired in Oscoda back with her in her teacher toolbox.

“I am thankful for the memories, the laughs, and the wonderful times this school has provided my daughter and myself these past two years,” stated Swanson. 

Along with Swanson, Kraft submitted a letter of retirement to Superintendent Scott Moore, Food Service Director Jan Sancrant, Coordinator of Payroll, Benefits, and Retirement Chelsey Butterson, District General Manager Michael Barnhart and Chief Financial Officer Sean Pear to announce her retirement. 

“Thanks for the opportunity to serve the staff and students of OAS for 15 years of service. I’m looking forward to traveling with my husband and being in the sunshine in the winter months,” stated Kraft in her letter.