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CCISD board takes stand on proposals

October 17, 2012
By ASHLEY CURTIS - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HANCOCK - The Copper Country Intermediate School District Board of Education passed a formal resolution Tuesday to oppose Proposal 2 and Proposal 5 and endorse Proposal 1 on the Nov. 6 Michigan ballot.

"We have been asked by the Michigan Association of School Boards and the Michigan Association of School Administration to comment briefly on both proposals (2 and 5)," said CCISD Superintendent Dennis Harbour during the board's regular monthly meeting. "They certainly have a significant impact on the way we do business and have far reaching effects on education."

If passed, Proposal 2 would overturn all collective bargaining laws currently in place.

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The Copper Country Intermediate School District Board of Education discusses proposals on the Michigan ballot during Tuesday's regular monthly meeting in Hancock.

According to a CCISD handout, currently prohibited bargaining subjects including teacher evaluations, personnel decisions and teacher assignments will be brought back for discussion at the local district level.

With Proposal 5, a two-thirds majority vote would be required in the state House and Senate in order to increase taxes.

"We believe this would be crippling to the state, so the intent here is for board members and superintendents to draw attention to those two particular proposals," said Harbour.

The board of education also discussed the implications of proposal 1 which, CCISD President Albert Koskela said should be supported as it will authorize the governor to appoint a financial manager to assist local government and school boards in financial emergencies, like deficit situations.

The November election presents a complicated ballot, said Harbour, but it is important that people have a sense of what is going on.

In other business, board members:

heard a request from Marcel Mongeau, a senior at Lake Linden-Hubbell High School. Mongeau is working on a senior project for English class with the goal to set up a fundraiser to raise awareness for autism.

announced that a preliminary audit report will be available at the November 13 board meeting.

approved attendance for Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative Conference, Michigan's Integrated Behavior and Learning Supportive Initiative Grant and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and Michigan Math and Science Centers Network Meeting in Lansing.

approved cash match of $17,550 to Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth-Rehabilitation Services for students in transition from the CCISD special education program.

approved area-wide jazz band grant application.

appointed Zach Halkola to a three-year term on the CCISD Parent Advisory Committee for Special Education representing the Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Area Schools.

Heard an update from Harbour about upcoming events including the State of School Health Insurance seminar on October 23 and an update on the retirement reform.



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