Baraga board readies for new school year

BARAGA – Baraga Area Schools will start its 2013-14 academic year Sept. 3, and in addition to approving the start date, the district’s Board of Education tackled several routine matters Monday to pave the way for the year to begin.

The board, during its regular meeting, unanimously approved several bids for services. A bid from Jilbert’s Dairy was approved for milk, with Bimbo Bakeries (previously Taystee) providing bread and buns for the upcoming year. Northern Oil will provide diesel fuel at $3.27 per gallon, and the Pines Convenience Center will give 6 cents off the pump price at the time of service for the district’s unleaded fuel.

“The milk and bakery is the same, but our fuel is different. The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community bid this year, and they hadn’t bid in the past,” BAS Superintendent Jennifer Lynn said in a phone interview this morning.

In other business Monday, the board:

approved course offerings for the school year, with some changes, including a new Native American history social studies elective in the high school and realignment of the English/Language Arts sequence of classes to better prepare students for college entrance exams.

received a verbal resignation from Tom Goodreau as junior high football and basketball coach. The positions will be posted.

approved Michele Serafin and Caroline Reinsch as junior varsity and freshman volleyball coaches, respectively.

approved a resolution to continue repayment of the school’s bond loan, and, after paying about $500,000 last year, there is approximately $3 million left.

“We’re in the home stretch,” Lynn said, adding that the district is on track to pay it off in May 2016.

approved adhering to the Governmental Accounting Standards Board 54 Fund Balance Compliance resolution.

went into closed session to discuss negotiations with teachers, and took no action upon returning to open session.

A meeting with the teachers union representatives will take place later this week. The contract between the district and teachers expired June 30.