Green critical to CCISD as their truant officer for 2018

HANCOCK — The Copper Country Intermediate School District designated the position of truant officer as having a “critical shortage” to allow it to rehire an officer who retired.

At a Tuesday meeting, Superintendent George Stockero discussed the reasoning behind having to join the critical shortage list and what was needed to do so.

The list was a solution for the problem of not being able to rehire William Green as truant/attendance officer.

Due to Green being a retired school employee, he could only work a certain amount of hours by law.

“We needed him more, and it got to where he couldn’t work anymore,” Stockero said. “He had to leave the position. This is the second time this has happened in three years, so we had to find a new solution.”

Stockero said when applying they had to show that they tried to find another truancy officer.

They also had every CCISD superintendent sign their own letter of support from the court system and one from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.

“We put together a very good package, and we were successful,” said Stockero.

This placement will only be valid for a year. Nels S. Christopherson, CCISD Board vice president, worried what they would do afterward.

Stockero believed they would be able to do the same next year.

“If we did it one year, we can do it again,” he said.

“We need to be thinking of the future because he’s not going to work forever or be willing to work forever,” Christopherson said. “What happens when he really retires if we can’t find one now?”

“One bridge at a time,” Stockero said. “He likes his job and what he does.”