Kalinec named to Hancock school board

HANCOCK – Members of the Hancock Public Schools Board of Education Monday chose a new member to fill the seat vacated by Mark Peters, who resigned in September after 21 years on the board.

In a telephone interview this morning, Superintendent Monica Healy said board members chose Kevin Kalinec to replace Peters, whose term expires in December 2014.

After advertising for the position, Healy said five applications were received and that was narrowed to three, but board members hadn’t made a choice by the 30-day deadline to find a replacement.

“The 30-day deadline passed while discussions were being held,” she said.

Because of that, Healy said according to district policy, the issue was taken up by the Copper Country Intermediate School District, whose members approved Kalinec, who was recommended by the Hancock school board personnel committee.

Kalinec is a Michigan Technological University employee and has two children in Hancock Public Schools.

“We are looking forward to having Kevin work for us,” she said.

In other business, Healy said the board members:

changed the Hancock Central High School graduation date from 1 p.m. Sunday May 25 to 10 a.m. Saturday May 24, which Healy said will help families plan better for possible holiday traveling.

recognized the efforts of the high school hockey team members who participated in the Hancock Make A Difference Day on Oct. 26. The team members helped clean up the city waterfront.

heard from Healy there is a “friendly competition” between the Hancock and Houghton school districts for taking part in the Portage Health Michigan Harvest Gathering food collection.

heard from Healy the district received a letter from the Michigan Department of Education recognizing Gordon G. Barkell Elementary School for being a Reward School.