Gwinn school board elects officers, OKs health center grant

MARQUETTE – The Gwinn school board is moving forward this year with a new president, after the board’s reorganizational meeting Monday night.

Gloria Bigelow is replacing Ron Libey as the president of the board. Ruth Spade is vice president, Cindy Filizetti is secretary and Ron Lauren is treasurer.

The board also unanimously approved a $500,000 Health and Human Services School-Based Health Center Capital Improvement Grant that will be used to expand the Gwinn School-Based Health Center, which runs out of the Gwinn High School.

The Marquette County Health Department is the grant project manager and fiduciary on behalf of the Marquette County Board, which also voted to approve the grant earlier this month.

The money will expand the size of the health center from 425 square feet to 1,375 square feet.

The project is tentatively slated to break ground in the spring, with work completed by February 2014.

“We are absolutely thrilled with what we’re going to be able to do with our students now,” Gwinn Area Community Schools Superintendent Kim Tufnell said. “The staff in that clinic is incredible. The health department has worked with us on every issue that we’ve had. It’s a really good relationship we have with them.”

Jackie Stark can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.