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MAPS to discuss community schools

August 13, 2012
By JACKIE STARK - Journal Staff Writer ( , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - At a regular meeting tonight, the Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education will look at a complete restructuring of the district's Community Schools program, which it voted to cut from the district's budget in May.

The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in room 210 of the Graveraet School.

"We've come up with some really exciting things to support the community and they'll be sustainable," said MAPS Superintendent Deb Veiht.

MAPS administration will give a presentation during the meeting that will explain the plan for the future of the program.

Veiht said the current plan is to divide the program into three, smaller sections: adult and community education, athletic enrichment and community enrichment.

Each section will offer unique programs that will adhere to the overall theme.

For example, Veiht said the athletic programs that were previously under the purview of the Community Schools program will now be run by Athletic Coordinator Jamie Tuma.

Veiht said if one sport wants to host a camp, then any proceeds from the event will go directly to that sport.

"This is pretty exciting for that department," Veiht said. "That will lift some of those costs off so that money can be spent in a different manner."

The board will also hear a report on strategic planning for the district.

Jackie Stark can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.



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