Gwinn Area Community Schools

GWINN, MI--   The Forsyth Township Police Department has initiated a new Drug Abuse Resistance Education—or DARE—program in the Gwinn Area Community Schools.

DARE was taught in schools throughout Marquette County in the past, but over the last decade the program has disappeared. Last fall Sergeant Jesse Cadwell attended DARE training in Virginia and can now teach the curriculum.

GWINN, MI--  The Gwinn School District is taking steps to address deficits and personnel changes. 

School Board President Ashley Jenema issued the following press release Wednesday:

"Gwinn Area Community Schools Board of Education is moving forward in stabilizing the school district and addressing school budget reduction needs.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Two Marquette County school board members are leaving their posts. 

The Gwinn Area Community Schools Board has accepted the resignation of President Ronald Lauren, effective November 13. It now has 30 days to fill the vacancy. The person appointed to the seat will serve until December 31, 2018.

Anyone interested in applying should submit a letter of interest to Ashley Jenema, 50 West M-35, Gwinn, Michigan, 49841. The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. on Friday, December 1.

GWINN, MI--   The Gwinn Area Community Schools Board of Education is looking for someone to fill a spot at its table. 

Board member Joseph Boogren resigned November 19, and the board has 30 days from that date to fill the vacancy.  The person appointed to the seat will serve on the board until December 31 of 2018. 

Those interested in being on the board should submit a letter of interest to Ronald Lauren, Board of Education President, 50 West M-35, Gwinn, Michigan, 49841. 

The deadline for the letters is 4 p.m. on Friday, December 2.  

GWINN, MI--   The Gwinn Area Community Schools District is trying again to pass a millage proposal to fix critical needs. 

Officials are asking for a 1-mill increase over 15 years, which would generate $4.4 million in bonds. 

Superintendent Tom Jayne says the money would be used to replace two elementary school roofs, buy eight school buses in the next five years, update technology and building safety, and replace parking lots pitted by potholes. 

GWINN, MI--   The superintendent of Gwinn Area Community Schools says the district will ask voters again to consider two proposals to address critical building and vehicle needs. 

Tom Jayne says the $1.56 million bond proposal and 1-mill sinking fund would have fixed roofs, replaced an aging bus fleet, and purchased new technology.  He says those needs affect how the district can teach.

GWINN, MI--   Students and staff in the Gwinn Area Community Schools district will be in school longer than planned this year. 

Officials say to make up for the days school was canceled because of inclement weather, two days have been added to the calendar.

The last day of school for students will now be Tuesday, June 9.  The last scheduled day for teachers will be Wednesday, June 10.  

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GWINN, MI--   Gwinn Area Community Schools Superintendent Dru Milliron has been asked to leave his post.  

WLUC-TV reports officials gave Milliron notice that his contract will be terminated at the end of the school year.  Board of Education member Bill Nordeen says it’s because the board thinks Milliron isn’t suited for some of the challenges the Gwinn district faces.

Milliron was hired last July.  He was given a three-year contract with a provision the Board could give him a 90-day termination notice after a year of employment. 

  Undated - Many Upper Peninsula Power Company customers woke up this Halloween morning to more than just scary weather – about 1800 were left without power.

The heart of the outage was the Gwinn and Sawyer area, where almost 1600 UPPCO customers were in the dark in the early morning hours, including the Gwinn area community schools. The schools closed today due to the outage.

UPPCO reported smaller-scale multi-customer outages in Little Lake, Toivola, Twin Lakes, Skandia, Chatham and L’anse throughout the morning as well.

GWINN, MI--   The Gwinn Area Community Schools Board of Education is beginning its search for a new, permanent superintendent.  

Interim Superintendent Stephen Piereson’s term ends next June and the Board wants to know what residents want in a new chief.  Officials are gathering input into the desired personal qualities, characteristics, and experiences of the successful candidate.  The Board will use that information to create a candidate profile, which will guide the selection process.