Hancock schools will add three new faculty members, a middle school teacher, temporary tutor for students and a new JV basketball coach for the boys team. The school board also approved a number of other actions items. Including the addition of a new CAD (Computer Aided Design) lab and a Physical Grounds Committee.
The Physical Grounds Committee will be in charge of funds coming from a bond application. There is no word on how much money will be approved from the bond, though the school is getting together a rough estimate. OHM will come into the school on Thursday to identify aspects of the school’s grounds that are in need of updating, fixing, or improvement.
Superintendent Steve Patchin will also attend a mid-winter conference in Grand Rapids in January. The elementary school wanted to extend a thank you to the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church for the use of their parking lot yesterday for overflow parking during the elementary Christmas concert. And elementary students will begin sending out Christmas cards to local assisted living facilities.
Patchin did note during his report to the school board that the school is working closely with the Hancock police department to secure the school district in light of recent unsubstantiated threats in the copper country. No threats were made directly by Hancock students. Prior to the pandemic the police department was meant to move into an office at the high school and middle school. The police department will move in now to that office, as soon as possible, in order to ensure their presence at the schools.