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Breitung schools look to purchase building for office space

KINGSFORD — The Breitung Township School Board has approved buying a building at 1810 Pyle Drive in Kingsford to relocate the superintendent’s office.

Shifting the office would free up space for moving the Woodland Childcare Center, which in turn would make room for classrooms at Woodland Elementary. The board also is looking into acquiring a second property behind the Kingsford High School for the district’s busing needs.

“We need a plan, though. We need to sit down and spend a couple hours going over a plan. I’m not opposed to buying property, but I’m not in favor of buying it just because it’s there. We need to have an end goal in mind before we do that. What are we going to use it for? How are we going to pay for it? And how much does it cost? The three questions I ask before we acquire any major asset,” Dave Kashian, board vice president, told the board Monday.

The board also began taking bids at the end of February for a new heating system at the high school. Sinking fund money will be used for the project.

In other business, the board:

— Accepted resignations from Sonya Wetzel in food service and Beth Tappy from after school child care.

— Hired Allen Osterberg as an education assistant at Woodland Elementary and Heather Nelson as a five-hour kitchen helper.

— Approved a district-wide Professional Development Advisory Committee to be appointed after the state legislature amended new provisions qualifying professional development time for teachers as hours of pupil instruction if certain requirements are met. The advisory committee must be composed of teachers employed by the district who represent a variety of grades and subject matter specializations, including special education; non-teaching staff; parents; and administrators. Teaching staff will make up the majority of the committee.

The school board next will meet at 7 p.m. March 9.

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