Tawas Area Board of Education members, standing, from left, Jennifer Bruning, Shannon Klenow, and Greg VanderVeen are sworn in as school board trustees during last week’s meeting.

TAWAS CITY – Two new trustees and one returning trustee were officially sworn in at the Tawas Area Schools (TAS) reorganizational and regular board of education meeting on Jan. 14.

TAS Superintendent Jeff Hutchison administered the oath of office to new members Jennifer Bruning and Greg VanderVeen and returning member Shannon Klenow as the first order of business at the first meeting of 2019.

A new slate of officers was elected at the same meeting. Anne Freel is the new school board president, Jim Bacarella will serve as vice president, Connie O’Connor as secretary and Klenow as treasurer. All received unanimous approval from the board.

Hutchison announced that January is School Board Recognition Month, and thanked the Board members for their service. Certificates of appreciation were given to each individual trustee acknowledging their years of service. In addition to newly elected board members Bruning and VanderVeen, Julie Ulman was honored for two years on the board, Shannon Klenow and Jim Bacarella for four years, Anne Freel for seven and one-half years, and Connie O’Connor for 14-1/2 years of service.

Upon a recommendation from Athletic Director Matt Unke, the board unanimously approved the hiring of coaches for spring sports teams. Jim Gorman was named varsity baseball coach and Kurt Romberger was hired to coach JV baseball. Adrianne Dittenbir will coach girls soccer, Keith Martin was tabbed to coach golf, the head girls track coach will be Chris Bolen, assisted by Tyler Bischoff and Josie Short, and Doug Livingston will be the assistant boys track coach. The JV softball coaching position remains open.

The board voted unanimously to accept a letter of resignation from middle school cook’s helper Jenna Lixey, effective March 22. A request for medical leave until April 1 was also approved for bus driver Cary Hilbert.

Before the board went into an executive session for a student discipline hearing, Hutchison announced that a workshop meeting for board members will be held on Monday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m.

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