2012-06-20 / News

CPS hires grad as assist. principal


Jennifer (Zech) Richmond Jennifer (Zech) Richmond The new assistant elementary principal at Carsonville-Port Sanilac is a 2000 graduate of the school district.

Jennifer (Zech) Richmond of Port Huron was hired at the June 13 board meeting.

The assistant principal/ assistant athletic director position is replacing the elementary principal job for the next two years. According to Superintendent Ann Binienda, it will become a principal position when the board restructures administrative duties after the she retires.

Richmond will replace Brenda Cutler, who asked to return to her position as elementary counselor after three years as principal.

Richmond was one of four candidates interviewed by the board, including two Cros-Lex teachers and a Hemlock alternative education supervisor. She is a Marysville Virtual Learning Academy administrator/teacher.

Richmond earned a secondary teaching certification from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Saginaw Valley State University.

In other business, the board ratified two-year contracts with the secretaries, cooks, aides and custodian union as well as Maintenance Custodial Supervisor Ed James, Administrative Assistant Susan Cole and Business Manager Margie Crompton.

According to Crompton, the only change in the new contract was the addition of a hard cap on health insurance premiums.

The maximum the district will pay for the full family policy is $15,000, $11,000 for two-person and $5,500 for a single person. Crompton said the premiums are already above those caps, with the employees who take the full-family policy paying $136 per month for their coverage.

The board gave Binienda an overall rating of very effective on her annual evaluation and stated she met or exceeded all expectations.

She was evaluated on her relationship with the board, personnel relations, community-public relations, management techniques and competencies, professional growth and achievement of goals.

According to the board minutes, “the Board of Education acknowledges that Mrs. Binienda came into the position of superintendent of schools at a challenging time when very difficult decisions had to be made. During her first year as superintendent of schools, Mrs. Binienda has done an excellent job in handling these situations and decisions”.

The board approved policy changes to reflect a new state law that prohibits teacher assignments and transfers from being a bargaining issue. Seniority will no longer be considered unless multiple applicants have equivalent certification and qualifications.

“Binienda gave the technology report, which included a number of projected needs, pending available funds.

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