MANISTIQUE - The Manistique Friends of the Library program has officially disbanded, as discussed during a recent Manistique School Board meeting.
According to Manistique Superintendent Kathy McDonough, the group was originally formed 23 years ago as a way to raise money for the Manistique School and Public Library.
In addition to raising funds, members donated their time and supported the library's functions.
"Membership had been dwindling ... with only 10 currently," said McDonough, who added that some of these members were only seasonal residents.
Another reason for the disbanding was a county library millage that was passed.
The millage brings in much more money into the public library than what was being raised through book sales, said McDonough.
Friends of the Library representative Lucia Leonardelli addressed the board regarding the group's disbanding and made a final presentation of checks to the Emerald Elementary School Library and the Manistique School and Public Library during the meeting.
The board also approved sinking fund renovations at the Gulliver Bus Garage. McDonough said with the design of two new buses that were purchased, adjustments needed to be made at the garage so they can be properly housed and secured.
Two bids were sought for the project, with one received from CR Meyer in the amount of $10,326. The renovations are to be completed in October.
In other business, the board:
Accepted a letter of resignation from speech and language therapist Jeanne Verbrigghe, who has taken a position with Gwinn Area Community Schools.
Hired Laura Ceccarelli as a middle school special education teacher and Julie Johnson as a half-time elementary special education teacher and half-time Multi Tier System of Supports teacher.
Hired Donn Davidson as a bus driver.
The next regular meeting of the Manistique School Board is scheduled for Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Manistique Middle/High School Community Room.