District to set up Miner Hall of Fame

NEGAUNEE – The Negaunee school board decided Tuesday to establish a Miner Hall of Fame, with the hope of honoring its first class of inductees by early 2015.

The hall of fame will accept graduates of Negaunee High School, as well as the long-defunct Negaunee St. Paul High School and Palmer High School.

“We’re hoping that’ll recognize some people that do good things,” Negaunee Public Schools Superintendent Jim Derocher said.

He added that prospective hall-of-famers include those who have succeeded in business or industry, have made significant contributions to the local community, accomplished athletes and those who have made considerable achievements in government or the military.

“Those are just some of the ideas that we’re tossing around at this point in time,” Derocher said.

In other action, the board voted to deny a grievance made by support staff aides over their pay and working hours as they move from the classroom to the playground during lunch and after school.

The aides are paid for instructional time and accumulate hours of seniority for instructional time while in the classroom, and are paid and awarded seniority at a non-instructional rate – which varies with the individual, but is roughly $1 an hour less – when they’re outside.

Derocher said the board denied the grievance because of language in the support staff contract that states if they’re out there in a non-instructional area, they get non-instructional pay.

Also, the board heard a progress report from Bill Pistulka of NorthStar Staffing Inc., the consulting firm hired by the school board to conduct the district’s superintendent search.

Zach Jay can be reached at 906-486-4401.