Marquette Area Public Schools

MARQUETTE, MI (AP)--   The Marquette Area Public Schools district says it's replacing several drinking fountains after tests found elevated levels of lead in water at some of its buildings.

MAPS this week issued an update after initial tests came back in July. The district had samples tested in part because of similar issues reported at Northern Michigan University and concern for the safety of students and employees.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette Area Public Schools officials say they’ve found higher-than-recommended levels of lead in the drinking water of some of the district’s schools. 

Superintendent William Saunders says in light of NMU’s efforts to address water issues he decided to be proactive and test MAPS water for copper and lead.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Students and staff in the Marquette Area Public Schools district will take part in Wednesday’s 17-minute national school walkout. 

The event was created, in part, to honor the 17 people killed at the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida. MAPS Superintendent William Saunders says his administration has worked closely with students and staff to develop a structured mechanism to support their wishes.

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.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Officials with Marquette Area Public Schools say Betsy DeVos does not have the skill to be Secretary of Education.  The full Senate is expected to vote on the issue early this week. 

The MAPS Board sent the following letter to Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters:

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette Area Public Schools will ask voters to consider a bond proposal on Tuesday’s ballot. 

Superintendent Bill Saunders says the $6.285 million would be used first and foremost to expand classroom space.

“We’ve had a pretty significant uptick in enrollment over the last four years,” he says.  “We’re up about 250 kids, and due to that we’ve had to move into computer labs in a couple of our elementary schools.” 

MARQUETTE, MI--   The superintendent of Marquette Area Public Schools is asking the school board to approve a $6.285 million bond proposal to make upgrades in the district. 

Bill Saunders explained the proposal’s six projects to the board at a work session Thursday night. 

The first would expand classroom space, as three of the four elementary schools are already full, and enrollment is expected to increase.

MARQUETTE, MI--   People with suicidal thoughts should go to someone—anyone—for help. 

That’s according to Patti Karwoski, longtime guidance counselor for the Marquette Area Public Schools district. Her statement follows the release of an email sent to certain Northern Michigan University students that says they could face disciplinary action if they discuss suicidal or self-destructive thoughts with other students. 

Karwoski says if a person is too ashamed or too scared to go to a professional or a person of authority, they should simply talk to someone they trust. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   State Superintendent Brian Whiston is visiting the Marquette Area Public School District Tuesday. 

Whiston drops in on at least one Michigan school district each month. 

Beginning at 10 a.m. the superintendent will tour the district and sit in on classes.  He’ll also speak with students and teachers about the various issues they face. 

Whiston says the visits are an extension of his commitment to customer service.    

MARQUETTE, MI--   Want to know what’s going on in the Marquette Area Public Schools district?  There’s now an app for that.  

MAPS has developed a mobile app to make finding information about its schools easier.  The app features calendar events for each school, lunch menus, a staff directory, and news from across the district. 

Officials hope the app improves communication with students, parents, and the public. 

The free app is available for Apple and Android devices at