The Ludington Area School District Board of Education met Monday. Superintendent Jason Kennedy highlighted student efforts by introducing Jordan Morris who will earn his associate degree prior to High school diploma in a partnership with WSCC.
Amber Kowatch was honored as the region 12 Outstanding Practicing Principal of the year. Policy updates included policies the school is required to accept by law. This included policy 24-10, which would impose a fine on the district and teachers if they were to provide referrals to abortion resources. The district expressed concerned with the lack of definition regarding “referral” in the policy. Trustee Mike Nagle was troubled by financial penalty. “It’s unfortunate the state legislator feels need to impose penalties. It would be nice to allow school districts to impose their own instead of from the state.” The board voted to accept all of the policies, with 24-10 being implemented July 1, 2019. The board also approved the position of a full time school resource officer for assistance in truancy and other issues and proactivity in regards to student safety. At risk funds are being used to offset the cost of the officer position.