More shared services is aim for intermediate school districts

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 9:35 am on Friday, March 08, 2013


STANTON — Two local intermediate school districts (ISDs) are looking to expand services to better serve students.
The Montcalm Area ISD (MAISD) and Ionia County ISD (ICISD) are creating more formal processes to identify areas where the district can share services in the future.

“We already share four employees, but we want to create a formal process whereby we are more strategic about identifying which positions would make sense to share,” said MAISD Superintendent Scott Koenigsknecht.

The ISDs are doing research, Koenigsknecht said, by looking at organizational charts within both districts to determine who does what.

“The idea is to plan (to) replace some positions through attrition,” he said.

The idea of continuing to share services between the MAISD and ICISD, however, are all still in the beginning stages.

“This will help create efficiencies with both organizations and aid us in doing more with less,” Koenigsknecht said.

ICISD Superintendent Robert Kjolhede said through the process of sharing services, they are trying to provide improved quality and increase services.

Both ISDs, he said, are also looking into cost-benefit analysis and are making sure to still provide quality to benefit the students of both Montcalm and Ionia counties.

“ISDs are service organizations,” Kjolhede said, noting they also have to provide support for those services.

Both ISDs will continue to work together to find ways to collaborate within the districts.

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