MAPS board recognizes Parent Advisory Council

MARQUETTE – The work of the Marquette Area Public Schools Parent Advisory Council was acknowledged at this week’s school board meeting, with board President Rich Rossway saying it was a “worthwhile organization.”

“It’s amazing the amount of work that that organization does, and some of the schools in particular,” Rossway said. “Cherry Creek (Elementary School) comes to mind. The amount of money they raise is incredible, and they’re active. There’s some real hard-working volunteers there. … It is tens of thousands of dollars that they raise, and typically it’s to help the classrooms, to help teachers with supplies, etcetera.”

The board also heard a short budget update from MAPS Assistant Superintendent for Finance Deb Barry.

She briefly discussed the district’s fund equity and contingency funds, which will be discussed in more detail at the board’s May meetings.

Barry said the district needs a certain amount of money in fund equity to ensure bills can be paid – including the district’s payroll – in months when state aid funds don’t come in until after those bills are due.

“We want to analyze and make sure that we’re being proactive with what we do with our money, taxpayer dollars, and have an adequate reserve to make sure we make payroll,” Barry said.

In other action, the board gave a first reading to a few updated district policies, including one that could allow weddings to take place in the Graveraet courtyard.

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