Mendon plans donation to scholarship fund

Mendon Community Schools plans to take up a collection in hopes of making a sizable contribution to a scholarship honoring its late superintendent.

Assembled for their first board meeting since the Dec. 26 passing of Roger Rathburn, members of the district’s board of education Monday agreed to stage the collection and turn the funds over to his widow, Susan. The Rathburn family has established the Roger “Rocky” Rathburn Memorial Scholarship Fund through Three Rivers High School.

Rathburn spent nearly 20 years, including his last 13 as superintendent, with the Three Rivers district.

Mendon board president Regina Schinker said she is in favor of a collection from Mendon’s teachers, staff and students to contribute to the Rathburn fund. She said the gesture would recognize Rathburn’s 2 1/2 years as chief of Mendon Community Schools, and how important he was to the district and community.

She said the board has been asked by dozens of people what the district plans to do to honor Rathburn in Mendon by acknowledging his contributions to Mendon Community Schools.

Schinker suggested board members come up with some ideas of their own and revisit the concept at the board’s February meeting.

Later in the meeting, board members approved a contract that makes official Griffith’s position as interim superintendent. Griffith, a teacher, counselor and coach, will be paid an additional $19,850 for her role as interim superintendent.

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