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School board to discuss plan for former school

December 10, 2012
By ADELLE WHITEFOOT - Journal Staff Writer ( , Journal Ishpeming Bureau

ISHPEMING - The Ishpeming school board this evening is scheduled to discuss a proposed use of the former C.L. Phelps School.

The board meets at 7 p.m. in the Ishpeming High School library.

The proposal was submitted by Haan Development, which is in the process of buying the school from Ishpeming Public Schools. The proposal involves Haan working with the Marquette County YMCA to create an early childhood program on the lower level of the building, school Superintendent Stephen Piereson said.

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"I think the early childhood program is a great idea," Piereson said. "I think having a program based in Ishpeming will really help out the Ishpeming pre-schoolers."

The letter also states that the Ishpeming schools will be able to use and access the gym and locker room facilities, Piereson said.

"Right now we just have wrestling practices at the building," he said. "Having use of the gym will be helpful and take some of the pressure off of the other facilities."

Because a letter of intent for the proposed program includes the YMCA in the project, it will have to be approved by its board as well, Piereson said.

After the plan is approved by both boards, the process of selling the building to Haan will proceed, Piereson said.

Also at the meeting, the boards Curriculum Committee is scheduled to report on an interview it conducted with a senior student about the fifth-year program that was approved by the board at its November meeting. This is the first student to apply for the program.

The graduation requirements for the fifth-year program are that the student is in good standing, they take a full load of classes, complete the Michigan Merit requirements and finish in nine or 10 semesters to receive a diploma.

One senior was eligible to apply this year and Piereson said he expects the committee to recommend the board approve the student to participate in the program.

Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-486-4401.



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