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Board of Education Members

JASON AYRES, President

II was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, graduating from Lincoln High School in 1989 and received my bachelor's degree in Biology with an emphasis in Fisheries in 1993 from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. I moved to Baraga County in 1991 for an internship with the Michigan DNR Fisheries Division, and have considered Zeba/L'Anse my home ever since. My wife, Violet, and I have two children, Sierra and Austin, who both graduated from L'Anse Area Schools.

I have been employed by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community since 1995 as the Realty and DOT Officer. I have been an active member in the community and serve or have served on several boards including the LAS Board of Education since 2008.

I enjoy spending time with my wife, children and dog, Copper; as well as hunting, fishing, geology, entomology and herpetology.

Education and community have always been very important to me and I am proud to serve as a school board member.

JOAN BUGNI, Vice President

I grew up in L'Anse and graduated from L'Anse High School in 1971. My husband Jerry (who taught at L'Anse High School for 37 years and coached for 45 years) and I have 3 children, Jerry, Jeff and Jan who all graduated from L'Anse High School. We also have 8 grandchildren, some of whom attend the L'Anse schools.

Jerry and I owned a small business for 27 years. We recently 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 L'Anse 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.

CHRISTINE COLLINS, Secretary

I am a life-long resident of L'Anse. I attended Sacred Heart elementary school and graduated from L'Anse Township High School in 1970. After attending Marygrove College in Detroit, I became an employee of the L'Anse schools for 15 years, working as a teacher aid and custodian. In 1988 I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education, and in 2003 I earned a Master of Arts degree in secondary education. For the next 25 years, I worked as an elementary teacher at Sacred Heart School and a middle/high school social studies teacher at L'Anse Area Schools. I fulfilled many duties during these years from being a head custodian, administrator, union steward, secretary, and president, advisor to junior and senior classes, and library director.

I have also served my community through the L'Anse Hockey Association, Sacred Heart Pastoral Council, Superior Stitchers Quilt Guild, and the Huron Island Lighthouse Preservation Association. I am currently an adjunct professor at Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College. My husband, Jim, and I live in L'Anse. We have two adult sons and five grandchildren. We enjoy time at camp, wood cutting, fishing, and watching sports. Education is my passion.

ANNE KOSKI, Treasurer

I am a 1976 graduate of L'Anse High School and a lifetime resident. My husband Steve and I have three children, Kasey and Thomas who live in the state of Washington, and Andrew, now deceased, who have all graduated from L'Anse High School. I am currently serving my ninth year as the Baraga County Treasurer. I love my job and working with the public. Steve is currently retired after owning our own business for 40 years. We have always strongly supported L'Anse, its progress, and the school system by being very active in the community and we continue to do so.

I have been on the school board for 12.5 years. It has been challenging, educational, difficult, fun, and heartbreaking at times. Tough decisions are made along with the great decisions that improve our school and help the students get the best education possible. That is our ultimate goal and we strive for this daily. I enjoy the challenge. It is a good place for parents to stay connected to their school and processes that occur.

JIM FEDIE, Trustee

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.

EDWIN R. GRANSELL, Trustee

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 and licensed as a social worker through the state of Michigan. I’m also married and have two daughters that are currently attending L’Anse High School.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 and licensed as a social worker through the state of Michigan. I’m also married and have two daughters that are currently attending L’Anse High School.

This my first year as a school board member so I’m a newbie and have allot to learn about this position. I will work very hard and do my best to do what’s in the best interest of the school. I’m so very proud to be given the opportunity to serve my community in this way.

ALLAN DANTES, Trustee

I am a L'Anse Purple Hornet, born and raised. I moved away in my teen years, and 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. Returned to the great UP in my sophomore year, and was very busy my remaining school years. I was on the football team, Boys State rep, Camp Nesbit counselor, and JH football coach. Graduated in 1997.

I am married to my darling wife, Jamie, who works in special and elder care. She was a student/athlete at Baraga High. I am employed as a programmer at L'Anse Manufacturing and Technology, Inc. We have 5 daughters; Justice, Arieanna, Aaliyah, Dannii, and Adalynn who keep us busy in basketball, volleyball, softball, and figure skating.

In the summer, you can find us camping, hiking, and boating on the bay. I love to go backpacking in the Porkies, and racing with my team in dirt track stock cars and rally racing with the best drivers in the United States.

This is my first term on the L'Anse Area Schools Board of Education. I am very excited to volunteer my time and help in any way possible to make our school the best it can possibly be! Hornet Pride.

 
 

 
 

Posted June 12, 2017
Library - Summer Hours
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