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Adams supports BRIDGE millage

August 15, 2012
By STACEY KUKKONEN - DMG writer (skukkonen@mininggazette.com) , The Daily Mining Gazette

PAINESDALE - The Adams Township School District Board of Education stands behind BRIDGE Alternative High School.

The board met Tuesday evening and heard an update from Superintendent Tim Keteri concerning the alternative high school, which could close due to a lack of support from local school districts.

Keteri said the local superintendents have met and discussed at length saving the alternative high school.

"The current sentiment out there is it's not worth it," Keteri said. "Educating a child is worth it, no matter what."

Keteri said only a few districts are in favor of saving the high school with a millage and referred to a petition from the Copper Country Intermediate School District to present a millage for the alternative school.

"If you invest in a kid's future, if you invest in a kid's education, the payoff will be immense later," he said.

Keteri said the superintendents needed to collectively resolve the situation, adding he hopes a collaborative effort is continuously sought for the sake of BRIDGE students.

"We have kids in our district who need BRIDGE," he said. "They need BRIDGE because it allows them to be successful. They need this opportunity."

Board members said they stand behind Keteri and stressed the need for an alternative education in the local area. The CCISD was seeking 51 percent of support from the local school districts.

"Many of these kids have gone on to college and graduated," board president Barb Ruotsala said. "They do a lot of community projects. They do a lot of outside stuff people are not aware of."

Board members voted unanimously to support the CCISD's proposal for a millage.

The alternative high school was most recently under the umbrella of Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Schools and the CCISD prior to DBTC.

Dollar Bay offered the high school back to the CCISD and the school district has since been looking for ways to support the program.

 
 

 

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