A DECISION BEFORE THE VOTERS IN SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN MARQUETTE AND ALGER COUNTIES.

MAPS SUPERINTENDENT JON HARTWIG

Thanks to Marquette Area Public Schools Superintendent Jon Hartwig for stopping by the studio to discuss an important ballot measure coming up for voters to decide this Tuesday.  To listen to details about the proposal, you can listen to the interview with Superintendent Hartwig by clicking “HERE“.  For more about the proposal from the Marquette Area Public Schools website, please click “HERE“.

The information about the proposal is as follows:

Marquette and Alger County voters approved a one mill levy for special education in 1986. Voters increased that levy by an additional mill in 1995. Special education children throughout both counties benefit from passage of that measure. Proceeds from this tax were annually distributed to all Marquette-Alger public school districts and provide support to hundreds of children.

No increases in MARESA’s two mill special education levy have been sought since 1995. However, Headlee rollbacks, based on additional properties being added to our tax rolls, have steadily decreased our region’s special education millage from 2 mills to 1.75 mills. The result is a loss of funding for Marquette and Alger counties’ special education programs. In the 2010-2011 school year, a loss of $579,000 impacts districts’ capacities to address student needs.

Voters are being asked to consider a Headlee Restoration Millage on November 2nd. Approval of this measure would allow MARESA to restore the original tax rate of two mills. All proceeds would be distributed to local districts on a per-student basis. Proceeds from this levy are not retained by MARESA.

THE SEASONS ARE A-CHANGIN’

THE VIEW FROM THE STUDIO DOOR.

As the fall-like weather ushers in the cloudy skies of autumn over the treeline behind our new facilities in the Superior Lanes building in Marquette Township, it becomes obvious to this blogger that the summer has drawn to a close and the fall will soon be upon us.  So on that note, we present the following entries on the blog with the Superintendents of two area school districts…Negaunee and Marquette.  Enjoy!

GETTING READY FOR THE YEAR IN THE IRONTOWN.

NEGAUNEE SUPERINTENDENT JAMES DEROCHER.

Negaunee Public Schools Superintendent James Derocher joined us to get families ready for the new school year in Negaunee.  He spoke about some of the new plans and programs in place for this new school year and also how many of the students are already back in school, in effect, through extracurricular programs such as sports and the very popular marching band.  He also outlined information for parents concerning bus routes and other matters that have been mailed out in the district.  To listen to the comments of Superintendent Derocher please click “HERE“.

MOVING INTO THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR IN MARQUETTE.

MAPS SUPERINTENDENT JON HARTWIG.

Marquette Area Public Schools Superintendent Jon Hartwig visited recently to provide the latest information for folks to be aware of as the new school year approaches in the Marquette District.  Several changes have been put into effect that have affected class and school populations as well as building usage and all of those items were discussed by the Superintendent.  To listen to the complete comments of Superintendent Hartwig, please click “HERE“.

SO THERE IT IS!

Time to sharpen the pencil and take your seats.  The new school year starts on Tuesday.  Have fun, learn something and be safe!  And don’t forget to bring a shiny new apple for the teacher!

CHEERS!

-Walt

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“.