CCISD involved in Mi-STEM reorg

Katrice Perkins/Daily Mining Gazette From left, Copper Country Intermediate School District board members Gale Eilola, Nels Christopherson, Robert Tuomi, Robert Loukus and Superintendent George Stockero prepare to hear a presentation from Western U.P. Math and Science Center director Shawn Oppliger (standing) at Tuesday’s board meeting.

As the result of a state reorganization, the Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) Board was informed Tuesday the district will serve as a fiscal agent for the Mi-STEM Region 16.

The CCISD will be a part of the 16 new regions that were formed throughout the state to develop community partnerships and strategies that promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and careers.

The board received a presentation from Shawn Oppliger, the director of the Western U.P. Math and Science Center, on the ralignment and the Mi-STEM network advisory council that was formed.

Oppliger and Superintendent George Stockero said the network will be a positive thing for the community, especially with the funding cuts, which will be done during the upcoming year.

“We are excited to have a STEM center here,” said Stockero.

Stockero said outgoing Gov. Rick Snyder has proposed to give each region $200,000 and 43 cents per student as a starting point.

“Obviously the regions are bigger now,” Stockero added. “Personally, for the UP, I think we’ll be OK with that, and it’s enough to get us going.”

However, he reassured the board that is just the governor’s proposal and the plan needs to pass through the state Legislature.

TOMORROW: CCISD officials will be in charge of creating engagement between the state centers and entities throughout the state.