Manistee Area Public Schools



MAPS provides a strong foundation for delivering superior academic programming. Our students are engaged by specialized and compassionate educators that empower and inspire their students to recognize their potential, dream big, and make a difference in the world around them.

Mariners Lead the Way!

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Guiding Academics


What We Want All Students To Learn


How We Adapt Instruction to Meet Student Needs


How We Set Goals and Identify Improvement Strategies

Professional Learning Communities (PLC)

PLC is an ongoing process in which educators work collaboratively in recurring cycles of collective inquiry and action research to achieve better results for students they serve.

Below are frequently asked questions about PLCs. Questions and answers taken directly from Frequently Asked Questions About PLCs At Work.

MAPS PLC Purpose Statement

In order to fulfill the commitments we’ve made to our students and families, MAPS has chosen to implement the Professional Learning Communities model for our district. The PLC process allows us to focus on learning, collaboration, and results with the intended outcomes of improving our individual and collective practice as well as increasing student achievement.

What are the three big ideas?
    1. A focus on learning
    2. A collaborative culture
    3. A results orientation


Why are the three big ideas so important to the PLC process?

We recognize that the fundamental purpose of our school and the reason we come to work each day is to ensure all students learn at high levels. We understand that helping all students learn requires a collective, collaborative effort rather than a series of isolated efforts. Therefore, we work in teams and constantly gather evidence of student learning for two purposes: to inform and improve our individual and collective practice and to better meet the needs of individual students through intervention and extension. 


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Central Office & Administration

Location: 525 12th St, Manistee, MI 49660 | Map
Telephone: (231) 723-3521
Fax: (231) 723-1507
Central Office Hours: M-F: 8am – 4:30pm

Superintendent: Ronald Stoneman

Central Office Staff

Ronald Stoneman
Superintendent -

Howard Vaas
Business Manager -

Amber Kowatch
Curriculum Director -

Sue Gustad
Assistant Business Manager -

Sara Schubert
Payroll/Human Resources/Insurance/Lunch -

Carrie Cameron
Accounts Payable Specialist -

Lauren Bergeman
Administrative and Communication Liaison -