H-PT?Schools to continue summer programs

HOUGHTON – Despite the end of BHK’s Great Explorations program, Houghton-Portage Township Schools will continue to offer after-school and summer programs for students, Superintendent Doreen Klingbeil said today.

“We had an after-school and a summer program before Great Explorations,” she said. “We’re prepared to just continue on with the program. We learned a lot working with BHK, and we intend to offer a quality program that’ll have tutoring, mentoring and different opportunities for the students.”

The school board discussed the future of the program at its meeting Monday night. BHK discontinued the program after it was no longer able to meet the eligibility requirements.

BHK will continue to run the program through the summer, but the district will transition into its own program in the fall.

Klingbeil said parents and students shouldn’t notice much of a difference.

“We may have to make some decisions to keep it a fiscal program, but we’ll do our best to keep things in line with what parents can afford and what we can offer,” she said.

Funding will come from a mix of parent fees and money from the district. Klingbeil said it would be similar to the expenses for the current Great Explorations program, for which parents also paid fees and the district contributed partner payments.

Klingbeil said the district would continue to work with BHK on opportunities for future grants.

In other action at its Monday meeting, the board:

discussed a donation of property from the family of Ferdinand Walli. The property is next to the southeast corner of the high school-middle school campus.

Klingbeil said the district is happy to have the donation.

“We’re going to keep that property as is, and we appreciate the family donating it to us,” she said. “In honor of that donation, we’re going to plant a tree in the front of the school, and we’re gong to have a plaque thanking the family for the donation.”

approved Buck Foltz as an electoral representative, with Brad Baltensperger as alternate, to the Copper Country Intermediate School District’s biennial election on June 6.

approved a resolution to accept the proposed CCISD budget.

set a public hearing on the 2013-14 budget for 5:45 p.m. June 17.