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Ferguson appointed to vacancy

Parents voice objections to elementary book
BY TIMOTHY MUCCIANTE
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The Davison Board of Education welcomed newly-appointed board member Todd Ferguson at their meeting last Monday night. Ferguson was appointed last week after applying for the position, and takes the place of Kim Lindsay, who resigned Oct. 9.

“The board will greatly miss Mr. Kim Lindsay who has been an absolutely stellar board member for 17 years,” said Karen Conover, board secretary and personnel committee chairwoman. “We were very pleased at the excellent applicants who stepped forward to be considered for an appointment to fill out Mr. Lindsay’s term. In fact, the high quality of the applicants made our decision a challenge, but Mr. Todd Ferguson was a clear choice to compliment the current board.”

Ferguson was also appointed as treasurer.

Ferguson graduated from Michigan State University and has lived in Davison all of his life. Both and his wife, Andrea, graduated from Davison High School. The couple has two young children. Ferguson co-owns an investment advisory firm located in Davison, where he is chief investment strategist.

Among other community service groups, Ferguson is a longtime member and current president of the Davison Educational Foundation, which sponsors mini-grants for creative and visionary classroom opportunities and professional scholarship awards. His financial expertise has also been key in assisting the management of scholarship funds for DHS graduates.

Ryan Welch, a physical education teacher at Davison Middle School, was the November “Kids First” award winner. Every month, administrators nominate a Davison Community Schools employee who demonstrates what it means to put kids first. Winners receive a $100 Visa gift card and a certificate.

Welch was nominated by Davison Middle School Assistant Principal Josie Paquette, who wrote, “Ryan takes on many additional roles while performing his actual position as a 7th & 8th grade PE teacher. Ryan is a mentor for students with disabilities… Ryan graciously has volunteered to escort our students with disabilities each morning off of their bus. Students under Ryan’s guidance know that there is an adult who genuinely cares about them.”

In other news, parents of an elementary school student expressed concerns about the book “One Green Apple,” by Eve Bunting. The book features a child in a Muslim headdress on the cover. Published by Scholastic, the story told is about a student feeling left out because she is from another country and culture.

The parents said they spoke to the elementary school teacher about the book, but were told it was part of the curriculum. The parents addressed the board in the public comment portion of the meeting, and were told Assistant Superintendent Kevin Brown would meet with them to discuss the matter. Brown has scheduled a meeting with the parents for Monday, Nov. 13.

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