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Camp Nesbit benefits mulled

July 18, 2012
By GARRETT NEESE - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HANCOCK - The Copper Country Intermediate School District Board of Education discussed the costs and merits of Camp Nesbit at its meeting Tuesday.

At the May meeting of the L'Anse Area Schools Board of Education, people suggested canceling the sixth-graders' annual trip to Camp Nesbit because of a perceived lack of educational value, said CCISD board member Lisa Tarvainen. When Tarvainen brought it up at this month's meeting, Tarvainen said, Superintendent Ray Pasquali assured her they would continue to do it, but would need to look at measures to offset costs. Each student that went last year had to raise $250 last year, she said.

"They're going to continue, but he said they might do it as a day camp, not nights," she said.

Board members said their children had gone to Camp Nesbit and enjoyed it.

"My kids were counselors ... they still remember what they learned that week," said Nels Christopherson of Houghton-Portage Township Schools.

At its Wednesday meeting, the CCISD board:

approved a $300 contract for travel for Regional Educational Media Center No. 1.

awarded a roof replacement bid of $43,000 to Lake State Roofing for the roof above the Learning Center, and a roof repair bid of $9,500 for a roof on the south end.

approved a $4,269 bid from Jet Black of Baraga for blacktop in the CCISD parking lot.

hired Katrina Carlson as supervisor of special education and early childhood services.

approved meeting dates for the 2012-13 school year. The board will continue to meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

retained Thrun Law Firm as school attorneys, Ken Maki as designee for electronic transfer, Rukkila, Negro and Associates as auditor, Bob Tuomi as representative to Copper Country Association of School Boards, Nels Christopherson as representative to the Michigan Association of School Boards Labor Relations Network and Michigan School Public Relations Association, Karen Johnson as representative to the MASB Delegate Assembly, and Christine Salo as backup to the superintendent.



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