Board forgos pay again
For the second straight year, the Suttons Bay Board of Education has rejected compensation for its work.
The board voted 5-0, with trustees Robert Potvin and Cynthia Opie absent, to support a motion by trustee David Buffum to “forgo” pay for the 2012-2013 school year.
“Even though we were able to make it through 2011-12, we’re still not out of the woods,” Buffum said. “I think the $100 I make could be better spent elsewhere.”
For more than 30 years, the financial compensation for serving as a board member has been $50 per year, plus $2.50 per regular or special meeting. Increases in compensation have been recommended over the years, with the board always turning down the recommendation and continuing to receive the noted amount.
However, there was some question whether not offering compensation would deter candidates from seeking office.
“We should be mindful of this when seats become open and ask people about it,” trustee Terri Kelty said.
In other business during the 1¼-hour meeting the board received official notice of the resignation of secondary art teacher Scott Tompkins.
Tompkins had been working parttime for Suttons Bay and part-time for the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District in getting its new film/ media program off the ground.
Tompkins will be working for TBAISD full time.
He was with the school district for the past 12 years.
His replacement is scheduled to be formally appointed next month.