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Board of Education Members

JOAN BUGNI, President
906-524-4866 (Telephone)

I grew up in LʼAnse and graduated from LʼAnse High School in 1971. My husband Jerry (who taught at LʼAnse High School for 37 years and coached for 45 years) and I have 3 children, Jerry, Jeff and Jan who all graduated from LʼAnse High School. We also have 9 grandchildren, some of whom attend the LʼAnse schools.

Jerry and I owned a small business for 27 years. We sold the business and I am fully retired. I enjoy traveling around the UP and beyond, spending time in my
flower gardens and with my family.

The community of LʼAnse and the school system have always been very important to me. I was on the board of education previously for 9 years and found that I missed the involvement so decided to run again. Providing the best education possible for our young people is my main goal. It is always a challenge to balance what is wanted and needed for our children and having the financial means to provide those things. I enjoy the challenge and hope to be involved for many years.

JIM FEDIE, Vice President
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My name is Jim Fedie and am a 1980 graduate of L'Anse High School.

I live in Nisula with my wife and four boys. We enjoy hunting, camping, jet skiing and the Green Bay Packers.

I look forward in being a part of the future of the L'Anse Area Schools.

KATIE WAARA, Secretary
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I live in L’Anse with my husband and our five children. Originally, from Baraga, MI I graduated from Baraga High School in 1999 and then attended Michigan State University, graduating in 2004. I have worked for BHK Child Development for the past 13 years. 

My family and I love attending LAS extracurricular events such as football, volleyball, basketball, track and band concerts. We also enjoy the outdoors, taking advantage of all the seasonal activities that our great community has to offer.
As an active community member and committed volunteer at LAS, I enjoy working with others to make our community and school a place where families and students can thrive.

It is an honor to serve as a LAS Board Member and I look forward to doing my part to support the District’s goals.

EDWIN R. GRANSELL, Treasurer
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I was born and raised in L’Anse and graduated in 1986 from L’Anse High School.  I have a bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University, a licensed as a social worker through the state of Michigan and employed with DHHS as a Child Protective Services Worker. I'm married to my wife Joanne, and have two daughters Laura and Mandy. Laura graduated in 2017 and Mandy will graduate in 2019 from L’Anse High School.

This will be my third year as a member of the L'Anse School Board and I will continue to work very hard to do whats in the best interest for the school. I’m so fortunate to be given the opportunity to serve my community and school in this way.

ALLAN DANTES, Trustee
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2019 is my 5th year serving the District on the L’Anse Area Schools Board of Education.  I was born in L’Anse and have chose to raise my family here. In my formative years, I spent time in Wyoming and West Virginia.  There, I played basketball and soccer at public and private schools, and even was homeschooled for a year and a half.  I returned to the great Upper Peninsula in my sophomore year and was very busy my remaining school days.  I was on the Purple Hornet football team, Boys’ State rep, Camp Nesbit counselor, and JH football coach. I graduated in 1997. I am currently employed as a Programmer / Prototyper at L’Anse Manufacturing and Technology, Inc. I am married to my amazing wife, Jamie, who works in special and elder care.  She was a student / athlete at Baraga High.  We have 6 daughters; Justice, Arieanna, Aaliyah, Dannii, Adalynn, and Kaia who keep us busy in basketball and volleyball.

In the summer, you can find us camping, hiking and boating on the Bay. I love to go backpacking in the Porkies, and fishing in the Hurons. My free time is spent racing with Tower City Race Team in my #50 RX-7 rally car.

It has been an honor to serve and volunteer my time to help make our school the best it can possibly be! I strongly encourage you to seek out opportunities to volunteer in our school. You won't regret it!

AMANDA NORDSTROM , Trustee
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I currently reside in L’Anse with my husband, Geoff, as well as my three children which all attend L’Anse Area School.  I have worked in the field of higher education for the past 9 years in many different capacities, presently serving the role as the Dean of Student Services and an Adjunct Business Instructor at the Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College. I hold a Master of Business Administration degree in addition to other various certifications I have acquired in my years working within the College.  I believe with my education and vast knowledge of the educational systems processes and procedures I will be an incredible asset to the Board of Education.  I am extremely honored to be chosen for this position and will strive to adhere to the mission of the school by working together to develop individual strengths, talents and responsibilities in a caring, respectful and safe environment.

MELISSA PAULSON, Trustee
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I graduated from L’Anse Area Schools in 1990 and reside in L’Anse with my husband, Charles, and 5 children. Currently, I have two Sophomore’s and a Junior attending LHS. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Management from Northern Michigan University in 1995 and obtained my Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Bay Mills Community College in 2015. 

I began teaching in Preschool in 2009 and discovered my passion for education. I currently teach for the Little Eagles GSRP Kindergarten Readiness Program at the Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College. 

I have been an active member of the L’Anse Area Schools Athletic Booster Club for the past 10 year and  I am currently acting President. When I am not attending an athletic event you can usually find me outside!  I love exploring the beautiful area we call home. 

I believe that a strong school system relies on a solid partnership with the community as a whole.  It has been a pleasure to see the growth and progress LHS has had during the last 30 years!  I look forward to serving on the School Board!

 

 

 

 

 
 

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