The Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) officially opened a regional office in the Upper Peninsula to better meet the needs of its members north of the bridge. It’s MASB’s position that member service shouldn’t suffer as a result of the geographic distance between Lansing and the Upper Peninsula.
The physical space is housed at Marquette-Alger RESA, with support from the RESA team under the leadership of Superintendent Steve Peffers. MASB also has several regional representatives providing MASB training and services to superintendents and school boards in the U.P. They’re familiar with the unique issues facing U.P. school districts and are available to deliver programming at the districts, designed for their specific needs. Additionally, MASB has a labor relations consultant dedicated to serving the labor relations and negotiations needs of Upper Peninsula districts. The regional representatives include:
- Sherie Davie, Marquette
- Alan Kantola, Rudyard
- Norm McKindles, Ironwood
- Thomas Smith, Escanaba
“Member service is paramount to us at MASB,” said Executive Director Kathy Hayes. “Our regional office along with our representatives dedicated to the U.P. will ensure that we’re able to meet the needs of all our members.”
The regional office was officially opened this week and the regional representatives are already meeting with districts.
MASB provides quality educational leadership services to all Michigan boards of education and advocates for student achievement and public education.