Norway puts off school millage vote

NORWAY — The Norway-Vulcan Area School District has been forced to postpone its planned sinking fund millage vote from Nov. 5 to next March.

Superintendent Louis Steigerwald told the Norway-Vulcan Area School Board a clerical error in the paperwork submitted for the special election means the matter will be pushed off to the March 3, 2020, ballot.

The millage would not exceed 3 mills — or $3 per $1,000 of taxable property — over 10 years and generate an estimated $526,517 annually. The money would be used for construction or repair of school buildings, security improvements or technology upgrades.

The school board Wednesday also finalized a number of staff changes as the start of the 2019-20 school year approaches.

The board hired Kristen Proctor as a fifth-grade teacher, pending a background check. Proctor will replace Karen Hackstock, who resigned to take a position with the Breitung Township Schools District.

The board also hired Yvette Moln as an education aide, Jon Lasater as varsity football assistant coach, Tony Adams as junior varsity football assistant coach and Tabitha Ostermann as special education aide.

Steigerwald said middle school teacher Brooke Granquist accepted a position as graduate assistant coach with the track program at Michigan State University in East Lansing. Steigerwald already is interviewing candidates to replace her, he said.

In other business, the board:

— Nominated board member Jan VanGasse as a voting delegate for the Michigan Association of School Boards’ annual Leadership Conference on Nov. 8 in Acme, Mich.

— Accepted a bid from Choice Transportation LLC of Kingsford for bus route 11 for the 2019-20 school year. The route formerly was run by Rochon Bus Services Inc. in Norway.

— Also accepted a bid from Design Air of Menominee for two replacement boilers in the Performing Arts wing, at a cost of $28,213.