OSCODA – The Oscoda Area Schools Board of Education met on Monday and discussed the hiring of three employees and the resignation of five teachers.

Teachers approved for hire included Kerrye Herbin as a student services coordinator, Tamara J. SanMiguel as a part time elementary teacher and Robin Savage as a paraprofessional at Richardson Elementary School (RES). 

Herbin is originally from Saginaw and graduated with a bachelor of science in health from Central Michigan University in December 2015. According to Superintendent Scott Moore, Herbin will be receiving her masters of social work in social work in August from the University of Southern California.

She is being hired on as a student services coordinator and after receiving her degree as a behavior modification coordinator in social work. Herbin currently works as a family case manager at the Department of Child Services in Angola, IN and has been doing so since May 2017. She also works as a motor transport operator for the United States Army Reserve.

SanMiguel served Midland Public Schools for 25 years and retired. According to RES Principal Tami Pichla, SanMiguel will serve as a part time interventionist at RES for at risk students three days a week.

Savage graduated from Western Michigan University in 2001 with a bachelor of arts in elementary education and art education. She also received her master’s degree in art education from Wayne State University. She has taught in Troy, Kalamazoo, Bloomfield, Detroit, Livonia, Berkley, Oak Park, Mich as a teacher for all grades.

Additionally voluntary resignations and early notifications plans were received by Jothawnya McMillian, Theresa Corwin, Connie Lynch, Pamela Stalker, Thomas Farver. McMillian submitted his letter notifying board members that he’ll be retiring from teaching at the end of the school year.

“Thank you so much for the opportunity to work for such an amazing district since 1999. I have truly enjoyed the unique journey,” stated McMillan in his resignation letter.

Corwin notified Moore that her retirement will be effective at the end of the 2020 school year. Corwin earned her teaching degree 32 years ago in Kalamazoo, according to her letter.

“Oscoda saw me as a young teacher just beginning my career. I have learned volumes as well as seen many changes in education throughout this time,” stated Corwin in her letter.

Corwin expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to work with Oscoda’s youngest children as well as teach a second generation of students.

Lynch notified the board that after over 30 years of being an educator she has decided to retire from her position as a special education teacher.

“My years at Oscoda Area Schools has been an amazing journey, and through it all I have been fortunate to work with wonderful staff members and many amazing students,” stated Lynch in her letter.

She said she hopes that she has been a positive and lasting influence on each of her students.

Special Education teacher Stalker wrote to Moore stating that she desires to resign by June 5.

“I have enjoyed my years at Oscoda Area Schools and will always look back fondly on my time here,” stated Stalker in her letter.

The final resignation came from Farver who notified Moore of his retirement as a English and yearbook teacher effective June 5.

“I would like to express my appreciation for the opportunity to serve this district for the past 36 years. I feel honored to have taught so long at OAS, and I will miss interacting with my students and colleagues. I also feel great pride in being a part of the progress we, as a school district, have experienced over the years,” stated Farver in his letter.

 

Other business included

• Approval of the labor relations retainer agreement. A motion was made by Vice President Don Ellis and was seconded by Secretary Mary Reitler receiving a 5-0 vote. Trustee Rose Fulton and Treasurer Tim Kellstrom were absent from the Monday meeting.

• Approval of the school social worker handbook. A motion was made by Reitler and was seconded by Trustee Bill Gaines receiving a 5-0 vote.

• Approval to raise the guest teacher rate of pay to $150 per day. A motion to approve the raise was made by Ellis and was seconded by Gaines receiving a 5-0 vote.

• Discussion on a future plan to fingerprint all volunteers through a process improvement plan.

• Discussion on the selection process for a new student representative for the Board of Education. Current representative Alyssa Pike is a senior and will graduate in May 2020.