HURLEY — Burton Industries of Ironwood has joined the businesses assisting the Hurley School District in upgrading its technical education cooperative program.
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Hurley teacher Shannon Dahlbacka receives a Veterans of Foreign Wars “teacher of the year” award from Ron Zaleski, Hurley VFW commander, Monday. Dahlbacka was honored for getting 50 Hurley junior class students to participate in a Voice of Democracy essay contest, including the second place winner at the district level, Sarah Carroll. “That’s the most students ever involved in Voice of Democracy in the 11-county area. It’s not even close,” Zaleski said. Asked what her secret was to get students to participate, Dahlbacka said, “I told them they had to.” District administrator Chris Patritto is at left.
District administrator Chris Patritto told the school board Monday that Burton, an electronics components firm in the industrial park, has indicated it wants to join the effort that also includes Ironwood Plastics, Extreme Tool, of Wakefield, and Bretting Manufacturing, of Ashland.
“They’re excited about it,” Patritto said.
The companies and school district are considering different means to help students better prepare for t...