MACOMB — Members of the Macomb School Board elected during the April 4 election took their oaths of office during a reorganization meeting following the 7 p.m. regular meeting of the board Monday night.
Members taking oaths included Jim LaPrad, Jill Myers, Ardell Thompson and Larry Adams. Myers was voted board president after nomination by member Matt Bierman. Bierman was voted vice president, and Thompson was voted secretary. Board members made all nominations and votes regarding their organization. Board committee assignments will take place at a later date, pending further discussion by the members.
The board unanimously appointed Scott Torrance to fill a two-year unexpired term through April 2019. Torrance completed a term on the board at the end of the regular meeting. He was on the April 4 ballot among six candidates to fill four seats. Myers, LaPrad, Adams and Thompson were elected by majority to the four seats. The board had the duty to appoint a member of the public to the two-year term, as there was no candidate for it on the ballot, and Torrance received the nod.

Regular Meeting
During the 7 p.m. regular meeting, Superintendent Dr. Patrick Twomey reported the addition at Lincoln School is “a little behind schedule,” further stating it may be mid-June before construction on the addition will begin. Bids for the project will be received in May, and Twomey expects them to be available for board review at the May 15 regular school board meeting.
With regard to the middle school construction update, Twomey said he learned the U.S. Department of Agriculture has a lending program with interest below four percent that is available for school districts and cities. The project consultant Risinger and Associates is expected to set up a meeting for the partners of the building project in mid-May.
“At that point we will see who wants to move forward,” Twomey said. “We will have a clearer financial picture of each entity.”
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