LL-H library to receive renovation

LAKE LINDEN – The Lake Linden-Hubbell Board of Education approved renovations to the school’s library, primarily through a nationwide grant.

In November, the library received a $25,000 Reinhardt Library Fund Grant. Superintendent Craig Sundblad admitted he didn’t think librarian Joan Schick would get the grant.

“They’re United States grants – they’re not Houghton County or U.P.,” he said. “We helped her as much as we could, but she really did it all.”

The grant was awarded in November, but the manpower for the renovations wasn’t available until the end of the year.

Schick said it would cost about $10,300 to replace the carpeting in the library.

“That’s including labor, taking it out, and preparing the flooring for new carpeting,” she said.

Schick said she would also like to replace a portion of the steps in the children’s room. The idea would be that each age group would have its own sitting area.

Also, Schick said, they would apply a fresh coat of paint, create a mural in the children’s room and possibly close a doorway in the children’s room to create more space. Sundblad said there had been a preliminary response that the doorway was not a fire safety issue.

Furniture, equipment and supplies up to $14,639 would include shelving for all areas, a few new chairs, five to 10 refurbished computers and an external sign for the library.

Schick also reported on the past year of activities for the library. Over the past year, there had been 8,249 patrons. Circulation also included 97 ebooks and three audiobooks.

Events over the past year had included a visit by WLUC-TV meteorologist Karl Bohnak and a record level of sales for the book fair.

In other action, the board:

approved the purchase of the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Journeys Reading Program for kindergarten through second grade for $12,256.70. Teachers Erin Carlson and Kristine Daavettila presented on the program, which they said has already led to substantial gains at Houghton-Portage Township Schools.

accepted with regret the retirement letter and separation agreement and release from Peggy Niemela as elementary school teacher.

approved hiring Leon Sutherland as junior varsity head football coach.

approved hiring Ken Klein as assistant varsity football coach.

accepted Jessey Poissant’s resignation as eighth-grade boys basketball coach.

approved adopting the recommended Michigan High School Athletic Association policy for managing heat and humidity. Students’ condition will be monitored for temperatures above 80 degrees.

approved adding the parent and athletic concussion information sheet to the athletic handbook.

approved Summer Youth Program scholarships to aid Lake Linden-Hubbell students in attending the Michigan Technological University Summer Youth Program.

designated Kathleen Johnson as the electoral representative and Patricia Burton as the alternate representative for the June 3 biennial election of the Copper Country Intermediate School District.

approved the CCISD?Board of Education budget for 2013-14.