William 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--   The Marquette Area Public Schools District has a new superintendent.  

William Saunders is the current principal of Bothwell Middle School.  Starting July 1 he’ll serve as interim superintendent for one year, after former superintendent Deborah Veiht was selected to head the Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Service Agency.

The MAPS Board says it didn’t want to launch a search for a new head so late in the school year.  After a year the Board will decide whether it will keep Saunders in the position permanently.