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WIC reports substantial scholarship support

IRON RIVER—Graduating seniors at West Iron County were the recipients of $455,000 of local money for scholarships this year as they head off to pursue their academic careers and training beyond high school.
    At its regular monthly meeting on May 21, the West Iron County School Board reported that students received a total of $650,000, including scholarships from colleges, this year. Seventy percent of that money came from local sources, Superintendent Chris Thomson said.
    “It is important that the community is out there supporting these groups who are in charge of these scholarships,” Thomson said.
    Board member Dennis Tousignant paid tribute to those supporting the district’s students in this manner.
    “A lot of community members do not realize how much money is given away,” he said. “For every complaint, there are many positive things that take place in the district.”
    The board passed Thomson’s resolution of recognition and appreciation by a 7-0 vote.
    In other action, the board voted unanimously to accept the bid in the amount of $178,947 from WDM Enterprises of Menominee to replace the boilers in the middle school/high school building. Thomson reported that the bid, the only one received, was within the expected range.
    Thomson also said that the next big renovation will be windows and boilers at Stambaugh Elementary School.
    The district also announced the hiring of three teachers - two at the elementary school and one at the middle school. At Stambaugh Elementary, Megan Anderson and Konnor Tousignant were hired at Step 1 in the pay scale. Both were student teachers at Stambaugh Elementary this year – Tousignant during the first semester and Anderson during the second.
    The motion to hire Anderson passed with a 7-0 vote, while the motion to hire Tousignant passed with a 6-0 vote with Dennis Tousignant, Konnor’s father, abstaining.
    At a special meeting of the board earlier on May 21, the board reported the resignation of elementary school teacher Emi Tomassucci, who was hired to teach in Kingsford. At that meeting, the board also voted unanimously to hire Taylor Houtari as a middle school physical education and English teacher. Houtari was hired at Step 1.
    High school and middle school principal Mike Berutti said that he attended a luncheon with other area principals and that many districts have openings that no one is applying for as the teacher shortage continues. Berutti said the group discussed how to offer classes to the students when there is no teacher to lead the instruction.
    Currently, West Iron needs a math/science teacher in the middle school.


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