Ironwood Area Schools
Publish Honor Rolls
|The first quarter Honor Rolls have been published by the Ironwood
Area School District. The complete roll for Luther L. Wright Middle
School and Luther L. Wright High School appear in our
|Ironwood Elementary School Students
Perform Christmas Programs
Ironwood - December 20, 2009
elementary school students from Ironwood Area School District performed
their Christmas Concerts this week. There were two performances
by the Sleight School students on Wednesday followed by
two performances by the Norrie Students on Thursday.
Ironwood Receives Early
|Ironwood - December 14, 2009
Ironwood residents recieved an early
Christmas present yesterday afternoon, a holiday concert performed by
the young and talented musicians from Luther L. Wright
The audience was once again treated to the excellent performances
that they have come to expect from young Ironwood musicians under the
tutorage of Steve Boyd, area virtuoso and Music Director.
November 2, 2009
The Wiz Kids
from the local school districts once again gathered at Gogebic Community
College Thursday to compete in the Fall Quiz Bowl. Two teams were
missing from this year’s competition due to the H1 bug. Ontonagon and
Watersmeet were unable to attend.
Again Displays Malevolence
|Ironwood - August
Steve Thomas, showed his
superintendent Jim Rayner.
The board president
wanted to put
restrictions on Rayner
working for the E-TC.School
District. Rayner has
been offered the job as
Rayner will be using his
time to work with the
E-TC district. Rayner's contract with
runs for one more year.
The vindictive Thomas
has refused to renew
Rayner's contract past
the 2009-2010 school
The stipulations wanted
by Thomas were tabled
until they could
be reviewed by the
Thomas, a card carrying
member of the teacher's
union has been at lager
heads with Rayner from
the get go. Rayner, has
strategically worked the
IASD out of a huge
during his tenure at
Ironwood. A deficit
created by Thomas'
cronies. Thomas' has a
different approach to
avoiding a deficit. That
is, take over the
districts and use their
money for frivolous
Rayner wants to control
spending. Thomas on the other
hand, wants to continue
to spend, spend spend!.
It is almost a
certainty, where the
district will wind up
departure. Once the
stimulus money runs out
the district will have
to make deep cuts or go
into a deep deficit.
Out Scores Ironwood 36-22
October 23, 2009
The Ironwood JV
football team came to Masssie Field in
Bessemer last night for their last game of
season. The Red Devils would find the Co-op
Bessemer-Wakefield-Marenisco JV's just as
cold and uninviting as the frigid weather
engulfing the football field.
called BWM, scored on their first drive,
just one minute and thirty nine seconds into
the first quarter.
One minute and fifty eight seconds later
the Speedboys scored its second touchdown.
Missing both of their two point conversion
attempts, BWM was ahead of Ironwood 12-0.
One minute and forty eight seconds into
the second quarter, BWM scored yet again.
This time their conversion attempt was
successful and the Speedboys were ahead
Just as it was begining to look like a
long, long evening for the Red Devils the
momentium appeared to change. With two
minutes and forty nine seconds left in the
first half, Ironwood scored it first
touchdown of the evening. The score was then
With just under twenty three seconds left
in the half the Red Devils would score once
again. As the clock ticked down to zero, the
half ended with the score BWM 20, Ironwood
Two minutes and forty four seconds into
the second half, Ironwood would score a
third straight time and the score was now
Ironwood 22 and BWM 20. It appeared now as
if the Red Devils were on their way to
However, with two twenty left in third
quarter BWM scored their first touchdown of
the second half and with a successful
conversion attempt the Speedboys now led the
Red Devils 28-22. The Speedboys had once
more gained the momentum and scored again
with 8:14 remaining in the game. The score
was BWM 36 Ironwood 22.
There was no further scoring and the game
ended Speedboys 36 - Red Devils 22.
2009 Summer Band
A Great Success
|Ironwood - June 20, 2009
Last evening, parents friends and
other music lovers gather in the "Gymtorium" at Luther L. Wright.
They all came to hear the annual "Summer Band Concert". The sumer
band program brings together 5th through 8th grade musicians from
Bessemer, Ironwood and Wakefield-Marenisco school districts.
Pictured above is Madeline Gabka who perform a wonderful trumpet
solo "Carnival of Venice"
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Take to the Outdoors!
|Norrie School students went to Norrie Park for the annual fourth
grade field day.
Norrie - June 2, 2009
Sixty five students went to Norrie Park Friday for a day of fun
and games. Each year prior to school letting out for the summer the
Norrie fourth graders go to the park to plant the flowers that they
started from seeds in their classrooms this past March. Up to now
the kids have been taking care of the plants at Norrie School.
HONORS NIGHT 2009
AWARDS & PRESENTATION
|Ironwood -May 20, 2009
The Ironwood School District presented
awards and scholarships to many of the districts students. In a
ceremony which took place this weekend students received
scholarships from the Ironwood Scholarship Area Foundation and other
Student awards were given for exemplary student achievement and
Pictured above is the Ironwood Quiz Bowl Team which received
awards presented by team coach Steve Boyd. Team members were also
recipients of several scholarships.
Ironwood Area Scholarship Foundation
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For Large Deficit
|Ironwood - May 22, 20099-The IASD Board heard sobering news
from Superintendent James Rayner. At Mondays Board Meeting
Rayner told the board that it's llikely that the 2009/10 fiscal
year could be in for a serious shortfall. With the Title I
revenue included in the figures, but not Title I expenses there
could be a $150,000 deficit. There are some factors that could
reduce the amount of red ink however, not all the expenses have
been included. It could turn out that Ironwood will finish the
2009-10 school year around a quarter of a million short of a
Items contributing to the problem include a large increase in
health insurance cost and declining enrollment. While the next
kindergarten class will have 50+ students that would still be 30
less students than the graduating class it replaces.
Board members are counting on the closing of Norrie School to
help the bottom line, however, the completion date of the new
addition is far off in the future and the resulting savings are
another year past that date.
Ironwood Schools Say No to Literacy
|The Ironwood School Board
said no Monday night to a plan to improve
the districts reading scores. The GOISD has
been promoting a proven program to the area
schools. The concept has been used
successfully in Watersmeet for many years.
read about this successful program in
The main detractor was
Steve Thomas who keeps saying "I don't
understand". This seems to be his theme
throughout many school board meetings.
It's amazing to think that someone who
thinks he knows it all could say "I don't
understand" so often. Just a couple of
months ago he couldn't understand the
numbers that Superintendent Jim Rayner
presented as the projected deficit, then
went on to give his fellow union members an
unaffordable pay raise. He should have
been on top of his form with respects to the
deficit. After all, he and his cronies
created it. It was Superintendent Rayner who
solved the previous deficit . Now once again Thomas is spending
the district into another huge deficit. We
can all agree that "he just doesn't understand."
Besides, not understanding Thomas has a
lot to learn about running a meeting. Monday
night when someone in the audience wished to
ask a question. He barked no you
can't. Obviously he can't understand why
other school districts don't want much to do with
him or his district.
|The students of Ironwood have already
begun to pay for the Board's bad management.
Monday night twenty two teachers were pink
slipped. Of course only half or less
of those termination notices will stick.
Pink slips is an act of gamesmanship between
the board and the union. We think that
pink slips should only be used on a Barbie
Dolls and that students should get the
education that they are entitled to receive.
|Oddly enough at one point Principal
Tim Kolesar commented that other school
districts don't want to co-op with Ironwood.
Perhaps he should reflect on last year's
attempt by Ironwood to takeover neighboring
school districts. He should also listen to
the tape of Monday evening's meeting
and the lack of understanding by Steve Thomas.
Then he may start to get
|One final note for Ironwood Taxpayers.
The Revised school handbook was rejected for
plagiarism. It seems the name "DeWitt"
showed up too often. Taxpayers may recall
that DeWitt is the hometown of the down state
speculators "Hovey LCC" The same speculators
that this strapped for cash school board
exempted from paying any taxes to the
IASD Selects Newest
|February 17, 2009
Area School Board held its regular February
meeting last. The board wasted no time in
appointing a new member to their ranks. The
board unanimously appointed Doug
Palmeter to fill the vacant position
created by Linda Dean's resignation.
Palmeter was a difficult choice for the
board. He was the only choice. Given the
profile and history of the current board it
should come as no surprise that no one else
offered to enter the arena.
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