Gwinn Athletic Director Duane VanDrese.

MARQUETTE, MI – Great Lakes Radio Sports– The Gwinn Area Community Schools District has discontinued their varsity football program for the rest of this season.

The district’s Board of Education voted last night to take the action due to a low number of students able to play the sport.

Reports say Gwinn had only 12 players able to play in a game against Negaunee scheduled for this Saturday. School officials said the low number of students participating in the game would have forced them to play the entire game and would have significantly increased their risk for injury.

As a result, the board voted to end the program. The football team was also facing a further loss of players due to academic eligibility requirements taking effect on Friday. The district hopes to restore the varsity football program in the coming years.

Great Lakes Radio’s Mark Evans spoke with Gwinn Schools Athletic Director Duane VanDrese this morning on Sunny 101.9’s Mark and Walt in the Morning to get the latest information about this decision.

To listen to the complete interview, please click below:

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GOOD MONDAY MORNING, MARQUETTE COUNTY!!

Yes, I know it’s hot!  Anyone who was trying to sleep last night around the County without air conditioning knows exactly what I’m talking about.  The forecast calls for 90’s today and upper 80’s for the next couple of days.  So far, I’ve heard from a series of folks who are traveling around the country who are letting us know that today is going to be warmer than parts of Florida, Texas and Oklahoma!  I have to admit, that’s really something!  Something to hate, that is.

So anyway, in lieu of  any funny anecdotes or whatnot having to do with the weather, I have decided post a series of community interview updates for your listening pleasure.  Enjoy!

NEGAUNEE SCHOOLS FACE BUDGET PRESSURES.

NEGAUNEE PUBLIC SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT JAMES DEROCHER.

Negaunee Public Schools Superintendent James Derocher joined us in the studios to discuss some of the steps recently taken by the Negaunee Schools’ Board of Education to address a 1-point-5 million dollar budget shortfall in their operating budget.  The first round of action included the layoff of seven teaching positions in an effort to save the district approximately 433-thousand dollars.  That still leaves just over a million dollars in further cuts having to made by the district in a limited period of time.  Superintendent Derocher discussed some of the options and challenges faced by the district to carry through those remaining cuts and how they will affect the school.  To listen to the full interview with Superintendent Derocher, please click “HERE“.

YMCA OF MARQUETTE COUNTY COMMUNITY UPDATE.

YMCA OF MARQUETTE COUNTY'S LISA COOMBS-GEROU

Lisa Coombs-Gerou, executive director of the YMCA of Marquette County paid us a visit recently and outlined a huge array of programs and activities slated for the summer for all ages and groups around Marquette County.  From Summer Day Camps and swimming and kayaking courses for youth to group exercise and socially-based events for the area’s more “seasoned” citizens, the YMCA of Marquette County has a wide variety of events for folks to take part in!  You can listen to interview with Lisa Coombs-Gerou by clicking “HERE” and if you want to log on to the officials website of the YMCA of Marquette County by clicking “HERE“.

GREAT LAKES CENTER FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT WORKS TO HONOR VOLUNTEERS.

GLCYD'S LINDA REMSBURG.

Linda Remsburg, a youth development specialist with the GLCYD, stopped in to tell us about the U.P. Service Awards.  This program is a special way to honor volunteers for the hard work they do in giving of their time and efforts to help all of the agencies and groups that work to serve the public here in the Upper Peninsula.  She outlined the process to nominate a person, a group, non-profit or for-profit business and more for this award.  To listen to the interview with Linda Remsburg, please click “HERE“, and for more about the Great Lakes Center For Youth Development, you can access their website by clicking “HERE“.

ELECTION RESULTS FROM AROUND MARQUETTE COUNTY AND SURROUNDING AREAS.

ISHPEMING PUBLIC SCHOOLS BOND PROPOSAL

Should the Ishpeming Schools borrow $11.2 million to expand and re-do the Birchview School and close the Phelps School?

Yes: 579

No: 756

MARQUETTE ALGER REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICE AGENCY SPECIAL EDUCATION FUNDING MILLAGE REQUEST

Should an increase of .75 mills be levied on principal residences for 20 years for special education purposes?

Yes: 1,912

No: 2,561

ALGER COUNTY RESULTS

AUTRAIN-ONOTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Should 18 mills be levied on the principal residences for operations of the AuTrain Onota Schools?

Yes: 77

No: 38

MUNSING PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT

Board of Education Member

Jason Brisson – 298

Alma Oatley – 179

Walter Loope – 126

Kris Petoskey – 103

Mark Cabinaw – 75

Laura Felker – 68

SUPERIOR-CENTRAL PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT

Board of Education Member

Ben Bartlett – 146

Barbara K. Tromley – 107

Heidi K. Swajanen – 68

Christian Young – 63

MORE WITH THE ISHPEMING SCHOOLS ABOUT THEIR BONDING REQUEST.

BOARD PRESIDENT ROBERT NADEAU.

Robert Nadeau, President of the Ishpeming School District Board of Education, visited the studios this morning to discuss the $11-point-2 million bond issue before voters on May 4th.  The proposal will ask voters to decide the fate of a request to sell bonds to generate the funding for a major consolidation and reconstruction project for the School District.  Nadeau also commented on published reports saying the Ishpeming City Council is not in favor of approving the proposal.  To listen to Nadeau’s reply to that question and more, click “HERE” to listen to the interview.  For more information about the bond proposal and the Ishpeming School District’s plans, log on to their website by clicking “HERE“.

TODAY’S BLOG KEEPS YOU CONNECTED TO MARQUETTE COUNTY.

9:15 A.M. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21st, 2010. HAPPY SPRING!

In that ever-popular style that we love to keep doing things in, today’s blog is bringing you another community update for issues and events in Marquette County.  Please take a moment to read over the descriptions and have a listen to the interviews as they are posted.  We work to provide this information to you in a timely manner to keep you in touch with what’s happening right here in our own back yards.  Now, while the weather may be a bit questionable of late for this time of year (see photo on the left), the information presented really knows no season!  So come on!  Have read and a listen!  You won’t regret it a bit!

THE YMCA OF MARQUETTE COUNTY ROLLS ON!

YMCA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LISA COOMBS-GEROU.

Lisa Coombs-Gerou, executive director of the Marquette County “Y”, stopped in to update us on the latest goings-on at the center and how folks can get involved.  She also mentioned that the YMCA is starting a new season of activities and events that are planned for both members of the YMCA and for the general public.  One of the main public events is an upcoming YMCA Fun Run & Walk.  To listen to Lisa’s interview from the morning show, please click “HERE“.  To visit the YMCA of Marquette County’s website to find out more about the events and activities, please click “HERE“.

MORE ON THE ISHPEMING PUBLIC SCHOOL’S BOND PROPOSAL.

ISHPEMING SCHOOL BOARD V.P. DAVE LEVERTON.

Ishpeming Public School District Board of Education Vice-President Dave Leverton joined us recently to update us on the $11.2-million dollar bond issue being put on the ballot before voters in the district on May4th.  Leverton outlined plans for funds, if they are approved by voters, and how the money would benefit the school district.  He also outlined efforts by the board to educate residents in the district by holding public informational meetings and spreading the word about the issue in the local media.  To listen to the interview, please click “HERE“, and to log on to the website for the Ishpeming Schools, please click “HERE“.

ISHPEMING SCHOOL DISTRICT SEEK MULTIMILLION DOLLAR SCHOOL BOND.

ISHPEMING SCHOOL'S BUSINESS MANAGER ANTHONY BERTUCCI.

The Ishpeming School District is moving forward with a 11.2 million dollar bond proposal, and we sat down with District Business Manager Anthony Bertucci to find out more.  According to Bertucci, the Board of Education is asking for approval to sell bonds in the amount of $11,240,000 for construction at the Birchview School.  The construction includes 7 classrooms, a library, a dedicated computer lab, remodeling the existing gym into a cafeteria/full service kitchen, fire suppression system,  remodeling the existing areas of the school, a music room, restrooms, gymnasium, and making the current cafeteria into an art room.  When completed, the Birchview School will be a new school.  The Michigan Department of Treasury has reviewed and approved the project and has authorized the Board to place the proposal on the ballot.  The State of Michigan will guarantee the bonds for investors.

To listen to the interview with Anthony Bertucci, please click “HERE“.  For more information about the Bond Proposal and the Ishpeming School District, please click “HERE“.

MAPS BOARD OF EDUCATION VOTES TO RELOCATE 5-TH GRADE CLASSES.

MAPS SUPERINTENDENT JON HARTWIG.

The Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education has voted to move 5-th grade classes in the district to a new location.  Following a 4-hour meeting and workshop last night, the board decided on a 5-to-2 vote to move 5th graders from the Graveraet school to the Bothwell school starting next year. Bothwell school will now house 5th through 8th graders.

Superintendent Jon Hartwig, during an exclusive interview with Great Lakes Radio News, said educational uses will be developed for Graveraet including the possibility of used it as an expanded alternative high school.  Hartwig added that over time, the Board of Education will look at other possible grade alignment options.  To listen to comments from Superintendent Hartwig, please click “HERE“.

HELLO FOLKS!  HERE’S THE DEAL:

This is one of those blog postings that’s long on information and short on conjecture.  That’s because it’s set up to0 be one of those information-loaded blasts that gets us back up-to-date!  So, I guess we best get to it!

NEGAUNEE SCHOOLS ANNOUNCE SCHOOL DAY CHANGES.

NEGAUNEE SUPERINTENDENT JIM DEROCHER

Negaunee Public Schools Superintendent James DeRocher joined us to discuss a plan developed in response to a projected deficit of $265,791 for 2009-10 school year and a projected deficit of up to $1.2 Million for the 2010-11school year.   The Board of Education and the Negaunee Education Association have signed a Letter of Agreement, which reduces the number of instructional days for 2009-10 school year from 180 days to 175 days. This change in the number of instructional days also means that the school day will be 30 minutes longer for students, beginning on Monday, February 22, 2010.   At the Negaunee High and Middle Schools, classes will begin 10 minutes earlier, 7:30 a.m. and 7:45 p.m. respectively, while at Lakeview Elementary School classes will begin at 8:40 a.m. The present bus pick-up schedule for the morning will be 10 minutes earlier, beginning on Monday. Afternoon dismissal times will be as follows: Middle School: 2:50 p.m., High School: 3 p.m. and Lakeview: 3:50 p.m. Afternoon bus drop off times will be 20 minutes later for the High School and Middle School students and 10- minutes later for Lakeview students.  To listen to the interview, please click “HERE“.

COME TO THE DRY DOCK FOR A GREAT CAUSE!

STAN HUBERT, OWNER, STAN'S DRY DOCK IN HARVEY

Stan Hubert, owner and operator of the Dry Dock Tavern in Harvey stopped in this morning to give us an update on a special snowmobile run coming up tomorrow to benefit the Marquette-Alger Regional Service Agency and their programs for special needs children.  He talked about what’s going on tomorrow and the events, activities related to the event.  It’s a great opportunity to hit the trails for a good cause and help out area kids with special needs.  To listen in and catch up with the schedule, please check out Stan’s interview by clicking “HERE“.

IT’S ALL PART OF A BUSY WEEKEND!

Hey there’s so much going on this weekend around Marquette County, that we hope you get out and enjoy it all!  But remember to be safe and don’t be a news story on Monday!


See Ya!

-Walt