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MARESA board expected to appoint new member

November 12, 2012
By JACKIE STARK - Journal Staff Writer ( , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - The Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Services Agency is expected to appoint a new member to its board at today's meeting.

The board meets at 7 p.m. at the MARESA offices on Ohio Street in Marquette.

Upper Peninsula Construction Council President Tony Retaskie and Tom Baldini, education adviser and special assistant to former Gov. James Blanchard, applied for the open seat and were interviewed last week ago by the MARESA board.

The seat was vacated when Trustee Rich Ryan resigned to move to Traverse City.

According to MARESA Superintendent Steve Peffers, the board interviewed the candidates for about 30 minutes each on their backgrounds and expertise in regard to intermediate school districts.

"The questions posed to the candidates were to provide background information and their experience in working with different community groups and boards, their knowledge of ISDs in general and MARESA specifically, and recommendations they have for communicating with local school districts and the general public on what we do," Peffers said. "Our current board members are looking for someone who will be a good fit within our organization and will bring additional expertise to the board."

Retaskie is the former president of the Marquette school board, having served on the board for eight years.

Tom Baldini serves on the Michigan Tech University Board of Control and was the vice chairman of the Marquette City Charter Commission. He is also a former chairman of the U.S. Section of the International Join Commission, which oversees boundary waters between the United States and Canada, and a former teacher at Marquette Senior High School.

Jackie Stark can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.



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