The Gladstone Area School District is a progressive
school district located along the shores of Little Bay de Noc in the
Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The district includes the city of
Gladstone, Escanaba Township, and Brampton Township. It covers an area
of approximately 87.3 square miles with an estimated population of
10,000. The district facilities include two elementary schools, a junior
high school, and a high school, with a total enrollment of approximately
1,507 students. The public
library is located in the junior high which offers support to the school
system and year round service to the community.
The district also participates with the Delta-Schoolcraft Intermediate
School District in programs and services, such as the Learning Center
for students with disabilities, Vocational Technical Center for
occupational programs, Alternative High School for non-traditional
students, and a Teen Parenting program.
The Gladstone Area Schools operate on a general fund
budget of 11 million dollars with a local tax levy of 18 non-homestead
mills. Gladstone Schools receive 8% of its general fund revenue from
local sources and 92% of its general fund revenue from state and federal
In 1998, the Gladstone Area Schools successfully
passed a $17.8 million bond issue to build a new high school, renovate
the existing high school into a Junior High, and implement sweeping
technology throughout the district. Work was completed and the new schools opened
in the fall of 1999.