Industrial arts position reopens at Forest Park

CRYSTAL FALLS—Two months after hiring someone to fill the open industrial arts teaching position, the Forest Park school district will have to resume its search for applicants.
    At the board’s Feb. 25 regular meeting, the School Board voted to accept the resignation of Kirk Guckenberg as industrial arts teacher. Guckenberg was only hired by the board in December and was to start teaching at Forest Park during the 2019-20 school year.
    He visited the school during January to look over the school’s industrial arts facilities and made recommendations on equipment needs and class offerings.
    In his letter, Guckenberg explained that he has decided to take a position at Northern Michigan University. He had been an adjunct instructor for welding at NMU, along with an industrial arts student teacher at Negaunee High School.
    ● The long siege of February snowstorms hasn’t done school life many favors. One event, the Academic Boosters’ honor roll program, was postponed and has not yet been rescheduled.  Students are selling Seroogy candy bars to support the Academic Boosters.
    Other Forest Park events mentioned:
    --The spring band concert will be held March 21.
    --A Michigan State Police Citizens Academy is taking place every Wednesday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room and will continue through March 28. MSP Trooper Geno Basanese leads the program. The sessions are open to the public.
    --High school juniors attended a career day at the VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain on Feb. 27.
    ● Board members approved two student trips. Both are annual trips, but one has changed a lot.
    That one is the fifth grade class outing to Trees for Tomorrow in Eagle River, Wis. In that past, FP students had stayed there three days and two nights, but this time, said teacher Janice Stacy, it will be a very packed day trip, with students spending just one day at the environmental learning facility. That is taking place on May 9.

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