Manistee ISD preparing for the 2017-18 school year

MANISTEE — Manistee Intermediate School District superintendent Jeff Jennette told his board of education members on Tuesday afternoon that the end of summer usually means things are becoming active in the school districts.

Members of the Manistee Intermediate School District Board of education were given an update on Tuesday about things the staff has been working on to prepare for the upcoming school year. (File photo)

Members of the Manistee Intermediate School District Board of education were given an update on Tuesday about things the staff has been working on to prepare for the upcoming school year. (File photo)

“It’s been quiet in this area during the summer, but things are starting to ‘heat up’ again,” said Jennette. “(ISD technology director) Roy Anciso and (ISD general education director) Kay Salyer will be hosting a third grade reading/data collection meeting. (ISD special education director) Jim Scranton will be hosting a Seclusion and Restraint workshop to address that new legislation.”

Jennette also reviewed the School Advance superintendent evaluation form on which he will be evaluated this year. Areas the board members will evaluate him on are “Vision for Learning and Achievement Factor, “Leadership Behavior Factors,” Safe, Effective, Efficient School Operations Factors,” “Communty Building Factors,” “Human Development Factors,” “Contextual and Political Factors,” and “Overall Rating for Evaluation.”

Scranton was not at Tuesday’s meeting because he was attending the State Special Education Administrators’ Conference. However, he did file a written report for the board to review.

“Our staff returns for the 2017-18 school year on  Aug. 28,” wrote Scranton. “The board is invited to attend our welcome back breakfast from 8 a.m-8:30 a.m. that morning. Prior to Aug. 28 we have several professional development opportunities for our local and ISD staff.”

Scranton explained in his report that professional development will pertain to the requirements of the new seclusion and restraint law.

“Crisis Prevention Intervention, CPR and First Aid are required trainings for all key personnel in each building,” wrote Scranton. “Also general awareness training is required for all staff in the ISD and local districts.”

Manistee County Business Cooperative director of finance Kris Mauntler gave the board an update on activities in her department. She said that all the school districts are currently going through the audit process.

“The auditors were here for the week of July 31 for the audits for Onekama Consolidated, Bear Lake and CASMAN Academy,” said Mauntler. “They will be back on Aug. 21 to do the ISD and Kaleva Norman Dickson fieldwork. So far all the fieldwork has gone well with no issues or surprises.”

Mauntler said they also are working with districts within the cooperative that the business office covers on packets for the employees for the upcoming school year.

Salyer brought some information on what the general education department is working on at this time.

“I plan to attend a ‘train the trainer’ workshop on Aug. 18 to learn how to use PSAT/SAT results for instructional purposes,” said Salyer. “I’ll then present this information to our counselor network group as we offer to go into each high school to work with teachers to analyze data.”

Salyer also reported they will be hosting a professional learning workshop to further teacher knowledge of effective instructional techniques using their evaluation tools.

“Steve Seward will be presenting a workshop on evaluation topics on Aug. 25 at the ISD that is open to everyone,” said Salyer. “He’ll focus on teacher and administrator learning on encouraging students to share thinking with one another, meeting the learning needs of students at different levels and the quality of intellectual work we are offering.”

Anciso also delivered a report to the board including that he and his staff are working on video surveillance at both the Kennedy Elementary building and the Onekama Consolidated Schools building.

Anciso also reported on Manistee School E-Rate Category 2 applications.

“They have been funded and the ISD is assisting with the next steps in the process which is ordering equipment, configuration and installment,” said Anciso. “E-Rate Category 2 provides deep discounts or reimbursements to school and libraries for internal connections (WiFi and cabling), managed internal broadband services and basic maintenance of internal connections.”

 

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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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