Mark Klumpp: What does your local ISD do for you?

Submitted by Mark Klumpp

MOISD interim superintendent

It’s hard to believe we are almost into November! What an incredible, yet accelerated school year we are having.

Often I get asked, “What is the Mecosta-Osceola ISD (MOISD)?” Well, the MOISD is one of 56 intermediate school districts across the state of Michigan.

Intermediate Schools Districts, also known as Regional Educational Service Agencies (RESA) or just Educational Service Agencies (ESA), were established by the legislature back in 1962. The foundation for ISD existence is based on maximizing K-12 resources by providing shared services, professional development, and coordinating special education/other specialized services across their regions. Locally, the MOISD does all of this plus much more.

In this short article, I will attempt to give you a glimpse of all that we offer. We are probably best known for the Career Center on our main campus here in Big Rapids. That program is just the tip of the iceberg for all the amazing things our entire staff provides on a daily basis.

Special education is our largest program where we employ approximately 130 staff members with an operating budget of $14,634,017. A large portion of these employees blend in at our local districts providing services directly to students and/or staff. You will know them as school psychologists, social workers, teacher consultants, speech pathologists, physical therapists and occupational therapists.

In addition, we have nine classrooms operating out of our Education Center, four satellite classrooms placed in the local districts, 12 classrooms for adjudicated youth at Pineview and Muskegon River Youth homes, and Early Childhood/Early On programs at Eastwood that are staffed with teachers, para-educators, and support personnel. We also have 10 bus routes crisscrossing multiple counties on a daily basis getting the students to school.

Career and technical education (CTE) is our next largest program with approximately 40 employees and an operating budget of $4,708,338. We currently operate 13 different fields of study at our Career Center. We work with local business and practitioners through our advisory councils to ensure our programs are up to current industry standards.

Our current focus centers on: allied health technology, automotive technology, construction trades, cosmetology, culinary arts, CAD/drafting, digital video production, diesel technology, innovative engineering, graphic communications, welding and public safety. Recently, we expanded some of these offerings through a pilot program called Meceola Tech whereby the classes are offered in the evening or weekends to adults/community members to provide certification opportunities.

General education is composed of several different areas of focus that fall under the same operating umbrella. We employ approximately 70 employees with a combined operating budget of $4,337,840. We continuously provide professional development opportunities for our staff, local district staff and educational providers in the region. Additionally, we employ a behavioral specialist, an early literacy coach, an English language arts consultant and two math/science consultants to assist our local districts.

Early childhood and parenting programs are another large piece of the general education area. We operate 10 preschool programs across the MOISD, as well as home visitor and Great Start coordination efforts. Eastwood Early Childhood Center is our home base for many of these programs in addition to housing our collaborative efforts with NEMCSA Headstart, homeless education, SLD Read, Mid-Michigan Community Action Agency, DHHS and Five-Cap.

The Mecosta-Osceola Personnel Cooperative is also a part of the general education puzzle. We employee business office staff, technology staff, mechanics, social workers, a truancy officer, a groundskeeper, maintenance staff and then outsource some of them to local districts and/or agencies on an as-needed basis. We also work collaboratively with our local districts on technology equipment and software purchases through this area.

This is just a quick summary of what your MOISD does. In all of these areas we have clerical, custodial, and administrative staff working behind the scenes. In total, we employ approximately 240 staff and have an operating budget of $23,680,195. MOISD staff also serve on regional, state and national committees or boards in order to advocate for local educational needs or obtain valuable resources.

Hopefully, you now have a better idea of what the MOISD does, but if you need further clarification or have any other questions, please feel free to contact me at: