Three to retire from Iron Mountain Schools

IRON MOUNTAIN — Three longtime Iron Mountain School District staff members will step away from teaching at the end of the school year.

The Iron Mountain School Board on Monday accepted retirements by Donna Ward, an elementary school teacher for 30 years; plus middle school English teacher Tamera Gingras and civics, history and economics teacher John Hogberg, both after 23 years with the district.

In other business, the board:

— Heard the district will make some of its unused technical education space into an indoor athletic practice area. Once converted, local youth sports teams may be able to use it as well.

— Accepted high school principal Mark Herman’s request for extended medical leave through the end of the school year.

— Learned from Julie Wonders, community schools director, the men’s basketball league is wrapping up its season and will have a tournament. Co-ed volleyball is expected to start soon.

— Heard the sports booster club is looking at strategies to help make sure self-funded sports remain self funded.

— Heard Justin Cowen, technology specialist at the Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District, gave a presentation on social media safety to students.

Marguerite Lanthier can be reached at 906-774-3500, ext. 42, or