What is the Copper Country ISD?

There is evidence of organizations similar to intermediate districts throughout the country dating back to the 1800’s, when most school districts were very small, rural and often isolated. There was a need for an agency to provide a variety of services for the districts, as well as the state, and county governments were the logical choice.

The official creation of county boards of education in Michigan took place in 1935. The boards were to oversee the districts, enforce rules and regulations, gather data for the State, coordinate the distribution of State funds, and provide other compliance, support and instructional services. Each county in the State had a board of education.

Legislation in 1962 created 83 Intermediate School Districts, one in each county in the State, replacing the county boards of education. The legislation required districts with less than 5,000 students to annex with a neighboring district within a three year period. In 1965, the annexation of Houghton, Baraga and Keweenaw counties was completed, forming the Copper Country Intermediate School District. There are now 56 ISD’s in the State.

The Copper Country ISD is a service agency that provides special support services, special help and special equipment to educators in its 14 constituent local school districts; in addition to serving as a liaison office between the districts and the Michigan Department of Education. The responsibilities and role of the ISD have grown over the years in proportion to the needs of its constituents and in accordance with State and Federal requirements. The ISD strives to provide the highest quality of service and support to the schools and the community.

The governing body of the ISD is a seven-person board elected by the fourteen local school district boards of education. The elections are biennial and the members serve six-year terms.

The CCISD has Three Kinds of Service Functions

Compliance Functions

1. Compliance Functions: Assisting local districts in meeting the rules and regulations as set by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) and also identifying the local needs to the MDE. Examples: Student Attendance Data, Teacher Certification, Communication of MDE Directives, etc.

Coordination Activities

Coordination and leadership in assisting districts in solving problems. Examples: Consultant services, leadership in curriculum development, coordination of cooperative programs, studies, etc.

Supplementary Service Functions

Provision of shared services to districts who cannot provide them effectively or efficiently. Examples: Regional Educational Media Center; Western U.P. Center for Science, Mathematics & Environmental Education; Special Education; Career & Technical Education; Gifted & Talented; Educational Printing; Attendance; etc.
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