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Houghton – Portage Township Board elects officers

Nels Christopherson gaveled in Monday night’s Houghton – Portage Township Board of Education meeting as president and was treasurer when the group adjourned after a tidy, 30-minute session. Christopherson says he always viewed his position as president as just one of seven members of the body. The panel routinely reorganizes on a two-year time frame.

I facilitate the meetings, I read the agenda, I run the meeting, and that’s it. I’m not the dictator. I’m not the CEO. I’m not in charge, and that’s something that, I think, everybody seems to agree with on this board. There’s nobody that feels that they should have their way, or that they should have a specific agenda that they can run.

Christopherson has served on the district board, as well as that of the Copper Country Intermediate School District, for around 30 years. His most recent tenure as H-PT president was dominated by COVID-19, but Christopherson says there were plenty of other successes.

You heard one of them in the meeting tonight, that we were awarded the gold standard in MTSS, which is a measurement of the way students are reacting, learning things, and participating in their student life.

Superintendent Anders Hill announced the district had been recognized at the gold level for its efforts in the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support model. MTSS is a way to ensure that all students in a district are given the resources to become successful. Hill also mentioned that Houghton – Portage Township Schools has been awarded a $100,000 grant for its after school program.

The new board president is Amanda Massaway. She has served as vice president under Christopherson.

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