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Wakefield-Marenisco takes high road on prison closing


August 21, 2018

P.J. Glisson/Daily Globe

SHARING A laugh during Monday's Wakefield-Marenisco Board of Education meeting are, from left, board president Brad Dalbec and superintendent Jason Gustafson.


WAKEFIELD - When the Michigan Department of Corrections announced last week it will close Ojibway Correctional Facility by Dec. 1, it provoked ongoing protest via demonstration, petitions, signs along U.S. 2, and a whole lot of informal ire on the part of local citizens.

No such objection occurred, however, at Monday's regular meeting of the Wakefield-Marenisco Board of Education.

"Despite the bad news on the prison, I'm optimistic," said superintendent Jason Gustafson, who conceded calmly, "Yes, it will have implications on this school."


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