IM schools to get $200K boost from Homeschool Partnership

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Iron Mountain School District should gain more than $200,000 this school year from its Homeschool Partnership, which allows home-schooled students to take certain classes at district schools.

The district has 74 students in the program, Board Treasurer Steve Brooks told the Iron Mountain School Board during a PowerPoint presentation on the district’s finances Monday.

Several years of declining enrollment and lower state funding left the district almost $500,000 in the red by the end of the 2016-17 school year, Brooks said.

But the 74 students in the partnership will factor into enrollment this year, Brooks said.

Brooks also told the board the district can spread out debt reduction payments for four years, which is not yet reflected in the audited fund balance amount.

Officials are taking steps to eliminate the negative fund balance.

In the business, the board:

— Had a moment of silence for Linda Lobeck, The Daily News reporter who died suddenly Wednesday morning. She covered the school district for many years.

— Heard from Joe Pontbriand, athletic director, the district plans to resurface the high school gym floor in the spring, with a new design and lighter floor color.

— Heard from John Roberts he would like to donate architectural and mechanical drawings from 1923-1924 and 1924-1925 to the school. He found them while going through some boxes in his basement. He would like to have them displayed somewhere. He was directed to keep the drawings until an appropriate place can be found for the display.

“It’s something that would be nice with our history and traditions like a case to show the heritage that we have,” Board Vice President Rob Landsford said.