2013-02-28 / Front Page

MHS plans to add three ISD courses

‘Exploration’ courses will include welding

MANISTIQUE – Manistique High School will have additional courses to offer in the 2013-14 school year. In a recent meeting of the Manistique Board of Education, the board approved the Delta-Schoolcraft Intermediate School District -led courses, which will include welding, computer repair and woodshop.

According to Superintendent Kathy McDonough, the ISD recently approached her about possibly expanding the current program which using an ISD employee to teach an automotive class. Under the expansion, other ISD employees would be used to offer three additional hours of career tech exploration classes, including welding.

“We are currently also working with through the Michigan Works! Group getting back in a welding certification program,” she said. “This would not be a certification program; this would allow exposure to these professions to kids in an exploration-type setting.”

The instructor of each class would remain an employee of the ISD and receive its benefits package, McDonough explained, with Manistique Area Schools only paying a portion of their wage. The wages for the district would equate to $30,000 for the 2013-14 school year.

“Manistique Area Schools, in exchange, gets three additional hours program time from this person,” she said.

Students will receive credit for the courses, but will not receive the vocational endorsement that CAD, building trades, automotive, and HOSA current gives students, McDonough added.

“It’s a win-win situation,” MHS Principal John Shiner said. “It’s a very good deal.”

McDonough noted that, while she knows there is currently a request from some community members to reinstate band class, the addition of the courses had to be considered in a different light.

“This is substantially different,” she said. “Not saying that I’m giving up on band, I’m still very much a proponent of getting band back in the district. This is an expansion of a currently existing program that the ISD is making available to Manistique Area Schools.”

The addition of the courses was unanimously approved.

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