Computer course agreement brings Tech in CTE game

Katrice Perkins/Daily Mining Gazette A contract with Michigan Tech to offer a computer networking CTE course and a state designation of a regional STEM center were the highlighted agenda items Tuesday at a CCISD Board meeting.

HANCOCK — The Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) Board approved a contract with Michigan Technological University for the provision of a career and technical education (CTE) computer networking/cybersecurity course for 2018-19 at its meeting on Tuesday.

“We’re very excited about this class,” said Superintendent George Stockero.

This is the first of four contracts to be signed as a part of the four CTE classes that will be available at local colleges.

CCISD is completing contracts for an early childhood course with Gogebic Community College, a marketing course with Finlandia University and a culinary course with Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College.

“We’re almost done with all of them,” said Stockero. “This just happened to be the first one we finished.”

The board completed its yearly evaluation of Stockero, rating his performance as “highly effective.”

Board members said they were very impressed with how Stockero worked with the community to explain the benefits of CTE, which led to a successful CTE millage and many new opportunities for local students.

Administrative contracts were renewed as well.

“The ISD runs very well because of our administrators. I’ve got an awesome group of administrators, and I highly recommend we keep them around to help me look good,” joked Stockero.

The board hired Jodi Skoog as a part-time nurse and Eric Jarvi as a temporary Helpdesk technician for REMC1 and accepted the retirement resignations of Shawn Oppliger, director of the Western U.P. Math/Science Center, and Tammy Parmentier, teacher of the Mild Cognitive Impairment program at Barkell Elementary School.

Other actions taken by the board included announcing nominated individuals for the annual Copper Country Association of School Boards awards, appointing Amanda Wais to a three-year term on the Parent Advisory Committee for Special Education and approval of revised CTE and REMC1 budgets for 2017-18.