Lake Linden-Hubbell OKs superintendent, business manager raises

By GARRETT NEESE

gneese@mininggazette.com

LAKE LINDEN – The Lake Linden-Hubbell School District Board of Education approved a .25 percent salary increase for Superintendent Craig Sundblad and Business Manager Jeff Klein.

The raises are given out annually, Sundblad said.

Teachers also received a .25 percent raise in a contract approved in July. Two months later, the board approved a raise of 5 cents per hour for hourly non-contract employees.

“Jeff and I were the last two when we had settled our teacher contract for that amount, and then we figured out something comparable for the support staff, and then after that was done, we were the last two that had not had anything,” Sundblad said.

In other action, the board:

heard a K-12 principal report from Sundblad. The student count is down for this year, but came in within what the district had budgeted. Forty seniors graduated last year, while 27 kindergarten students came in. Michigan Educational Assessment Program testing will be done in May.

heard a report from Athletic Director Gary Guisfredi. Next year’s varsity football schedule looks to be the same as this year. The district is looking for games in Week 1 and Week 5; Week 1 could go to North Central High School, though they may be shifting primarily to an eight-man squad. The Great Western Conference could continue with four teams, if Forest Park High School is brought back in; Hurley would play the conference teams then compete for the playoffs as an independent team. Guisfredi said the four-team conference would likely be a one-year solution.

With some smaller schools looking at the eight-man teams, Guisfredi said, Lake Linden may eventually have to choose between moving to eight-man, taking on a schedule filled with primarily larger schools or adding more travel time. The team should be able to play an 11-man schedule for at least the next two years, Guisfredi said.

heard a report from Elementary Coordinator Brad Codere. The school science night at the school forest drew 122 parents and students. Classes from preschool through sixth grade saw presentations as part of National Fire Prevention Week.

approved setting a minimum price of $5,000 for a truck the district is selling. Bids will be accepted for one week.

approved hiring Gary Guisfredi as varsity girls track coach for the 2014-15 school year.

accepted with regret the resignation of Sean Codere as math teacher.

recognized National School Lunch Week from Monday through Friday.

approved a contract between the district and the Western Upper Peninsula Substance Abuse Service Coordinating Agency and Assessment Service for the Employee Assistance Program. The program gives employees opportunities for counseling or other programs needed throughout the year.

approved the addition or revision of 21 NEOLA policies.