2013-08-22 / Front Page

MAS board bolsters staff with 8 hires

Additions in teaching, sport, admin staff

MANISTIQUE – The Manistique Area Schools Board of Education approved a slate of new teachers during its regular meeting Monday. The board also signed on new coaching staff for the 2013-14 school year.

According to Superintendent Kathy McDonough, among the new hires is Jeremy Connin, who will fill the newly created half-time band instructor position at the high school. The band program, eliminated in 2011, will return this fall.

In a press release, Manistique High School Principal John Shiner expressed excitement about Connin’s hiring and the reinstatement of the band program.

“Mr. Connin, an experienced band instructor, will provide the leadership needed to restore band to the halls of MAS,” he stated. “The storied band program has been missing for a number of years, but with its return, MAS will once again offer a full complement of enrichment courses.”

Band will also be offered to fifth grade students at Emerald. Students who sign up will be bussed the last hour of the day to the high school to participate in the program.

In bringing back the band program, Shiner explained donations of “gently used” instruments will be needed from community members. Those looking to make a donation may contact Connin at the high school.

Connin will be holding meetings to become acquainted with the students tonight at 7 p.m. in MHS, and on Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. in Emerald Elementary. During the meetings, Connin said he will also explain the program, introduce students to instruments, ‘fit’ any interested students with an instrument, and also provide rentals for students.

“I’m excited to be here and to get the program restarted on … the right foot,” he said.

Connin will be serving the other half of his time as a multi-tiered system of support instructor.

Also hired to join MHS staff were David Winkel, as a math instructor and Tiffany Green, as a Spanish teacher.

Emerald Elementary will also be welcoming a new staff member – Suzanne Julip, from St. Cloud, Minn. Julip will serve as a first grade teacher, opening another section at the school.

Jeanne Verbrigghe will return to the district as special education director. She had previously worked for the district as a speech and language therapist, but resigned in 2012 for another position.

Roger Pratt resigned as assistant varsity football coach – his position was filled by Tom Tereshinski. Garde Kangas will serve as head JV football coach, while Travis Ashbrook will fill the role of assistant JV football coach.

The MAS district will have at least one more position to fill before the beginning of the school year, however, as the resignation of Chris Marana, Emerald Elementary physical education teacher, was accepted by McDonough.

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