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August 2004
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News from the Townships

AmVets Fishing Tournament Scheduled for September 11th-12th

Staff Changeover at Beaver Island Community School

Fourth of July Golf Tournament a Big Hit

Marching in the Rain: A Forth of July few will forget

Dedicating the Town Clock

On This Date

Shipping out the Logs

Concert on the Harbor

Sunset Picnic August 15th

Inland Seas Kayaking Inland Seas Eco-Tours

Art Show Success highlights Museum Week

A Wedding on the Beach

Volleyball Camp

Boyne Thunder Poker Race to Beaver

Recreation Resource Project Special Summary Report

One Hundred Years Ago

Sky Divers Return

Livingstone Studio's Meet the Artist

BIRHC Fashion Tea at Deerwood

B.I. Christian Church celebrates 41 years, honors Greggs

Camp Quality on Beaver

Trouble with the Bridge

BIRHC Benefit Dinner September 17th at Nina's

Go Wendy!


Staff Changeover at Beaver Island Community School

The Beaver Island Community school staff will look different this fall as long-time teacher Jacque LaFreniere sheds one role and takes on another. For the past couple of years, Jacque has been considering making a change in her life to be able to devote more time to her family and other personal interests. Jacque has resigned her full-time teaching position and will be taking a part-time support staff position at the school as a school-to-work coordinator. In her new role, she will develop, monitor and ensure state compliance in work-based and service-learning opportunities for students, assist students with career assessment, and monitor progress of students enrolled in on-line or other independent study courses.

Principal/Superintendent Kathleen McNamara sees the staff changeover as a win-win situation. Three board goals will be met with the changeover at no additional cost to the district:

1. The district will hire a teacher who has specific training and experience in Middle School education to complement its strong elementary and secondary programs;

2. The district will build a strong and focused school-to-work program, which had been absorbed by the principal's office following major budget cuts four years ago; and

3. The change will free up administrative office personnel so that more attention can be paid to the overall operation of the K-12 school and district.

At the July School Board meeting, the Board of Education expressed its appreciation to Jacque LaFreniere for her long-term dedication; she started as a half-time teacher in the fall of 1979. The Board recognized her contribution to the district, especially her work in developing the GLOBE weather monitoring station, the Service Learning and Life-Skills program, and the popular Little Traverse Nature Conservancy programs.

The BICS is looking for a 7-12-grade Science and 7-8-grade Social Studies Teacher. The deadline for applications is August 4th. Anyone interested should contact principal Kitty McNamara at (231) 448-2744.

The position requires someone who meets NCLB/MDE “highly qualified” standards. The applicant must have a science major; a social studies minor is preferred. The applicant must have training and experience in middle school education (bonus for National Board Certified Teacher) and must be willing to work in small K-12 building and live in an Island community. Anyone interested in applying for the position can phone the school or email a letter of interest and his or her resume to

For more information contact Kathleen McNamara (231) 448-2744.

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