Superintendent Bill Saunders

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--   Per-pupil aid is going up next school year under the new state budget, but Marquette Area Public Schools will still deal with a deficit. 

Superintendent Bill Saunders says aid is increasing by about $120 per student—or 1.5 percent—but that won’t make up for increases in employee salaries, insurance rates, and utility costs. He says last year also saw a decline in enrollment of about 60 students, as they’re not necessarily staying in the district from kindergarten to graduation.

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--   Two Marquette schools went on lockdown as a precautionary measure Monday.

MAPS Superintendent Bill Saunders says a 911 alarm was triggered Monday morning at Superior Hills Elementary.  Students and staff there and at Bothwell Middle School went into secure mode. 

Officials say the lockdown lasted only about 15 minutes when it was discovered the alarm was triggered accidentally.  Saunders says there is no incident to report. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette Area Public Schools teachers are finally working under a new contract.

In a special meeting Monday night the MAPS Board of Education voted 5-2 to ratify the agreement, which covers the three-year period from 2013 to 2016.  

Superintendent Bill Saunders says the contract includes a step and a 1% pay increase in the 14/15 school year and a step and a .75% pay raise in 15/16.  He says teachers could get another .5% raise, depending on enrollment and the state’s allocation.