ISD board discusses possible classroom changes

MANISTEE — The Manistee Intermediate School District Special Education Department may need to find a new home for two of its classrooms next year.ISD

Recently the Manistee Area Public Schools released information that it is considering a reconfiguration of its buildings including moving the sixth grade to the middle/high school building. If MAPS does implement that plan for the 2017-18 school year, the ISD would would lose the space it currently rents in the Manistee High School building.

ISD special education director Jim Scranton said it will require some changes.

“That would require us to move our older Moderately Cognitive Impaired (MoCi) and Early Childhood Special Eduation (ECSE) program to other locations,” said Scranton. “We are also opening a new MoCi classroom for ‘middle aged’ students due to the increased number of students.”

Scranton said they are investigating several options at this time, and he is looking for the best fit for the students. He added they are sad to leave the MAPS building after being there for several years.

“As we have experienced in the previous locations, MAPS has been a wonderful, supportive place for our classrooms,” said Scranton. “I have appreciated their support and collaboration.”

Scranton also reported to the board this week that he and staff members Tammi Brunke and Brook McIssac have attended several legal in-services concerning the new seclusion and restraint law, discipline, positive behavior intervention, the use of functional behavior assessments and the development of behavior intervention plans.

“I have scheduled a legal presentation from our special education counsel, LaPointe and Butler Law Firm of Lansing, for Aug. 22,” said Scranton. “I’ll be inviting our ISD staff, local district administrative and general education and special education teachers.”

General Education director Kay Salyer gave a report to the board on professional learning for teacher evaluations. Salyer said they are planning some professional development sessions over the summer months on it.

“Whether teachers use Danielson or the 5D+ for their evaluation tool there are common topics on which teachers request support from us,” said Sayler. “We recently sent out a flier with a workshop opportunity covering these topics and hope teachers will register for the summer session. The presenter, Steve Seward, has been well received in his previous sessions at the MISD.”

Salyer said the ISD has also established a Third Grade Reading Success Network.

“It is comprised of K-3 principals, early literacy coaches, ISD coaching support consultant and other interested parties,” said Salyer. “This network group met for the first time May 3 and will meet as needed for the remainder of this year and then at least monthly in 2017-18 to navigate the demands of the Third Grade Reading Retention Law. Our overriding purpose is to support local districts in ensuring all students are at grade level in reading by the end of third grade.”

Salyer informed the board that they are also planning a poverty and trauma professional learning training.

“We are working with Matt Somsel, one of our social workers, to create a year long series of professional learning opportunities called ‘Creating Positive School Communities with Poverty and Trauma in Mind,'” said said Salyer. “This will foster collaboration between all schools as they work together to understand this complex issue.”

Kris Mauntler, director of finance from the business office, discussed the things taking place in her office over the past month.

“The final and opening budgets continue to be our primary focus at this point,” said Mauntler. “We are working closely with the superintendents over the next several weeks, so we are prepared for the June board meetings.”

Mauntler said that her office is also working on the tax levy calculations for the tax hearings in June and that they are continuing to work on negotiations for locals in the business cooperative.

Technology director Roy Anciso revealed to the board that the new buzzer entry system is ready to come online in all the schools. People now looking to enter any of the county school buildings will  have to stand in front of a camera and push a buzzer and to be admitted by an office staff member inside.

“At the superintendent’s meeting they decided to start using the system on May 31 at all the schools,” said Anciso.

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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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