Baraga school report card is ‘very good’

Vanessa Dietz/Daily Mining Gazette Pictured from the left are Baraga Area Schools Board of Education Treasurer Sarah Maki, Secretary Byron Sailor and President William Jondreau, Superintendent Rick Sarau, Vice-President Christy Miron, Trustee Gale Eilola and new high school Secretary Courtney VanderZanden at Monday evening's meeting.

HOUGHTON — The Baraga Area Schools Board of Education approved the Annual Education report for last year when it met Monday.

“Our overall report card was very good,” said Superintendent Richard Sarau, noting the school received a B. “If you look at all the schools in the ISD (Copper Country Intermediate School District), we’re very good.”

Sarau noted the kindergarten through 12th-grade student count is 390, up four from the fall count. Principal Tim Marzack said the school gained four children and lost two.

In other news, the board will be selling equipment from the former Pelkie School, in preparation for the new owner to take possession.

The school board donated the old school to the Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College (KBOCC) on Dec. 12.

While the final details are being worked out, KBOCC has informed the board it intends to create an agricultural school in the now abandoned building. The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) has a federal grant in place to help develop an agricultural school, beginning with building renovations.

Both the school board and KBIC Tribal Council expect to hear from a college official in the near future about specific plans.

In addition, the board welcomed its new high school secretary Courtney VanderZanden, replacing Katy Holm, who resigned last month.

The board also dealt with coaching staff changes, approving Tammy Crittenden as varsity track coach and Heather Chosa as varsity volleyball coach, while accepting with regret the resignation of Debra DeShambo as varsity track coach.

The board meets next at 5:30 p.m. on March 13.