Graveraet open house tonight

MARQUETTE – An open house will take place tonight at the Graveraet school in Marquette so interested community members can get a complete look at the school before the Marquette school board decides whether to utilize it as an elementary school.

The tours will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. today. Another tour was already held Monday night at the same time.

The board is expected to make a decision on a long-term grade alignment at its Dec. 2 meeting, which will take place at 5:30 p.m. inside the Marquette Senior High School library.

The plan proposed by the district’s Strategic Planning Facilities Subcommittee in July would make all the district’s current elementary schools K-5 buildings, along with the Graveraet Building. It also calls for the Marquette Alternative High School, currently housed within Graveraet, to move to the Vandenboom Early Childhood Development Center, displacing the Marquette County YMCA’s early childhood program.

Board members will also be present during parent/teacher conferences tonight – as they were Monday evening – to answer any questions people may have about the proposed grade realignment.

“It’s important that, as a board, we continue to reach out to our community and our taxpayers,” said MAPS Board President Rich Rossway. “We’re continuing to take input on our realignment process … we’re going to make any effort we can to ensure the public is informed and has an opportunity to weigh in.”

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