RC to negotiate contract extension

ROGERS CITY – After Rogers City Area Schools’ superintendent received a positive review in December, the district’s board president will negotiate a one-year contract extension with her.

Board members voted unanimously Monday to authorize newly-elected President Michael Marx to negotiate an extension into 2016 with Superintendent Kathleen Makowski. She has served as the superintendent since July 2011, two years after starting her job as elementary principal.

“It’s nice to know that all the hard work is appreciated,” she said.

In December, then-President Bryan Hall said Makowski met or exceeded the board’s expectations in seven areas of her job performance.

“As the board said last time, she’s doing a great job,” Marx said. “We’ll negotiate, and hopefully we can keep her around for a few more years and she’ll be happy with her contract.”

For her part, Makowski is focused on getting to work, she said.

“Let’s just keep pressing ahead, and moving towards getting all of our students achieving the best way we can,” she said.

In other business:

  • Makowski swore in two new board members during the board’s organizational meeting. Deedra Haselhuhn and Cory Budnick both will serve six-year terms.
  • the board elected new officers. Marx will serve as board president, Lee Gapczinski as vice president, John Krajenta as secretary, Bryan Hall as treasurer and Budnick as assistant secretary treasurer.
  • board members disclosed possible conflicts of interest, with Marx disclosing he’s a partner in Zgorski-Micketti, Inc., Gapczinski disclosing he’s on Huron National Bank’s board of directors and the president of Lee’s Ready Mix Concrete, Budnick disclosing she owns Cory Budnick State Farm Agency, and Haselhuhn disclosing she owns Curves RC.
  • students who use the Rogers City High School library have about $6,000 of new computers to use. The district replaced and rearranged the computers during the holiday break, Makowski said.

Jordan Travis can be reached via email at jtravis@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5688.