Board officers retained by MPS

The Munising Public Schools Board of Education will be shifting meeting dates for the 2023 calendar year, but will keep its o ers after meeting on Tuesday, January 17.

The board unanimously retained Paula Ackerman as president, Jason Brisson as vice president, John Carr as secretary and Lara Bender as treasurer. The lone disruption to the meeting was nominating Brisson, who attended virtually and logged in roughly 15 minutes late. Due to the delay, he was unable to confirm whether or not he wanted to be retained in the role, but School Board Member James Petersen confirmed Brisson’s wishes before the meeting. Brisson thanked the board for being retained after entering the meeting.

For the last year, the school board meetings were held the third Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. in the conference room near the middle/high school cafeteria. It has often confl icted with numerous volleyball and basketball games, causing noise, attendance and parking problems. To adjust, the school board moved meetings back to Monday nights at 6 p.m., which is when the board held meetings in 2021.

“Due to sta_ availability and conflict with other events on campus, it just makes sense to move it,” Ackerman said.

The meeting date and time now directly conflicts with the Munising City Commission, which meets at city hall at the same time. Superior Central also has meetings on the third Monday of the month, with a community forum at 6 p.m. and school board meetings at 7 p.m., so it will be impossible to attend both of the Alger County’s largest school district meetings. It also means that six major meetings will be held during a threehour span on the third Monday of the month, including the second monthly meeting for both the Alger County Road Commission and the Alger County Commission at 4 p.m..

However, the Munising School Board will only meet on Mondays for nine months of the year. The summer months of June, July and August will remain on Tuesdays to help with board member work schedules. Campus conflicts are not a problem when school is not in session, according to board discussion.

The meeting was also the first for new board member Jenna Cole. Cole finished third behind Brisson on Greg Pond in the November 2022 election, but with more votes than former board member Alma Oatley.