Baraga Schools to hire music teacher

Katrice Perkins/Daily Mining Gazette Baraga Area Schools board members Superintendent Richard Sarau, Vice President Christy Miron, Ralph Sackett and Gale Eilola at Monday's board meeting.

The Baraga Area Schools are set to hire a new K-12 music instructor for the next school year.

The board announced the proposed candidate and discussed future plans at its meeting on Monday evening.

“We want to hire this young man before someone else takes him and we don’t have a music teacher for next year,” said Richard Sarau, superintendent of Baraga Area Schools.

The candidate is currently completing his student teaching and will be visiting toward the end of the district’s spring break for a face-to-face visit and possibly meeting with students.

“He’s really psyched to get up here,” said Sarau. “He wants to be in a small town.

“He’s definitely unique, but he comes with a lot of good qualities too.”

The candidate has plans to be in the area by the summer and wants to get the program started then.

In other news for the school district, the girls track team is set to receive a chocolate milk grant from the United Dairy Industry of Michigan. The purpose of the grant is to promote the benefits and nutritional value of drinking milk.

The grant awards $1,100 to the team in order to purchase 44 days’ worth of chocolate milk for each athlete and a refrigeration unit.

Health teacher and athletic director Amy Lake discussed getting a unit donated or seeing if there was one that they could use for free.

The team will be doing a fun chocolate milk photo shoot showcasing their milk mustaches, said Lake.

She also said they will include the boys’ team in a separate shoot after the official photos are taken, and then proposed that the school give them the grant next year, if they receive it again.

Other things discussed at the meeting were CCASB nominations, elimination of out-of-school suspensions, a visit from Scott Dianda, changes to the district’s fire drill procedure and a letter received from a Michigan gun violation coalition.