Manistee ISD board of education honored

Manistee Intermediate School District Special Education Director Jim Scranton hands out certificates of appreciation to member of the board. They were honored for board appreciation month on Tuesday.

Manistee Intermediate School District Special Education Director Jim Scranton hands out certificates of appreciation to member of the board. They were honored for board appreciation month on Tuesday.

MANISTEE — The Manistee Intermediate School District board of education members were honored for school board recognition month at Tuesday’s meeting.

Manistee ISD superintendent Jeff Jennette was attending the State of the State address in Lansing and filling in for him to honor the board was ISD special education director Jim Scranton.

“We really do appreciate your efforts and all that you do,” said Scranton. “I have worked with several boards in my career, and I can tell you this one is the most supportive and involved. Jeff really appreciates everything you do with our staff.”

Board members Mary Becker-Witt, Lynda O’Shea, Eric Smith and Margaret Cloutier were singled out at the meeting. Board member Doug Parkes was unable to attend.

Staff reports dominated Tuesday’s meeting including a written one that Jennette submitted to the board to review.

Jennette touched on the subject of Sen. Darwin Booher’s ISD dissolution bill in his report.

He called me concerning that bill as the law currently states that ISDs of less than five districts can be dissolved and he wants to remove that number,” said Jennette. “This is being pushed by the Grayling superintendent who wants to dissolve the COOR ISD.”

Jennette said his concern is on the other side of that option. He said the Legislature is also considering that schools from outside the district could join an ISD.

“He cited an example that if a district like Mesick wanted to join the MISD they would be a financial encumbrance because they don’t have the tax base to support their special needs population,” said Jennette. “I told Sen. Booher that it would not be fair to our current districts to accept districts that would hinder us financially.”

Scranton also delivered a monthly report on Tuesday that included an update on the Autism Spectrum Disorder Training.

“We have teams from each of the districts who have been attending all five ASD trainings,” he said. “There is is even a group of Manistee High School students who are attending for credit.”

General education director Kay Salyer had many topics she brought to the board in her monthly report.

“(General ed. consultant) Dency Lippert is planning to facilitate a book study on Reading Nonfiction,” said Salyer. “Participating teachers will study best practice in instructional strategies for reading and share ideas about how to implement activities in their classroom. There are 15 teachers who responded immediately that they would join the group.”

Salyer said the area principals are implementing the new 5D+ teacher evaluation tool with teacher observations in each building.

“At monthly principal and superintendent meetings, administrators are participating in a book study about it and discussing implementation of the evaluation tool,” she said.

Salyer said that consultant Kim Rinehart is working with a group of ISDs to create common assessments in their new data warehouse tool called Illuminate.

“She is gathering teachers to represent the Manistee ISD for the project,” said Salyer. “These assessments will be used along with our local assessments and M-STEP to make decisions about curriculum, instruction and student intervention.”

The board will meet again on Feb. 16 at the ISD building.

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Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at kgrabowski@pioneergroup.com.

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