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LL-H rejects proposed millage, citing no student population

August 14, 2012
By GARRETT NEESE - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

LAKE LINDEN - Citing a low student population from the district, Lake Linden-Hubbell Public Schools Superintendent Craig Sundblad recommended to the district's board of education Monday that they not support adding a proposed millage for the BRIDGE Alternative High School to the November ballot.

Districts representing 51 percent of the Copper Country Intermediate School District's population would have to approve putting the millage on the ballot for the enhancement millage to be added to the ballot.

The enhancement millage was discussed by the CCISD board at its July meeting as a way to continue operations for the school next year.

In 2010-11, the district had two students at BRIDGE and five students at Horizons Alternative High School. Last year, the district had no students at BRIDGE, while the Horizons number stayed constant.

For the upcoming year, Lake Linden has two students planning to attend Horizons.

"Our students, on their own, began choosing the alternative school (in Mohawk) ... and it actually became a better arrangement for us ... so our students have an alternative education option," Sundblad said.

In other action, the board:

raised school lunch prices by 10 cents from the elementary school's $1.60 and high school's $1.80. The hike was done to comply with federal reimbursement guidelines.

heard a report from Elementary Coordinator Brad Codere. Great Explorations is finishing up its final week of the summer. There will be an ice cream social for students Aug. 29, while the annual fall school forest day will be Sept. 20.

heard a principal's report from Sundblad. The incoming student head count is 515 students, slightly lower than the 520 students for which the district budgeted.

heard a report from Athletic Director Gary Guisfredi. Equipment pickup will take place Aug. 22. District numbers for fall sports are looking good.

heard a report from Maintenance Director Dan LaVergne. The district has ordered a projector screen for the auditorium. The field is looking thin in some spots, but should be in good shape by the season. Bus maintenance is under way.

discussed nutritional guidelines for lunch. The district's food service coordinator will give a presentation at next month's meeting.

discussed renewing the district's current 18-mill operating millage, which expires in 2014.

moved teacher Kristine Daavetila from first to second grade.

created a second section for second grade.

approved the student handbooks for the elementary and high school. Both handbooks have devised anti-bullying policies, while the high school has relaxed its ban on cellphones to allow use during lunch.

accepted the milk bid from Jilbert's Dairy for the 2012-13 school year.

accepted the bakery bid from Bimbo Bakeries of Superior, Wis., for providing products for the 2012-13 school year.

appointed three community representatives to the Public Library Advisory Board. Also named were Sundblad as administrative representative, Trish Burton as board representative and Heather Heinz as high school representative.

accepted with regret Micah Stipech's resignation as K-12 guidance counselor.

approved hiring Joan Petrelius as assistant administrator for evaluations for the 2012-13 school year.

approved employing Jack Kumpula as junior high football coach for the 2012-13 school year.

approved hiring Leon Sutherland as K-12 guidance counselor.

approved purchasing 50 copies of the Holt McDougal textbook "World History: Patterns of Interaction."



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