8/23/2013 1:41:00 PM Randolph school staffing moves
by Ken Haggerty
The Randolph School board approved a number of personnel decisions at its August 19 meeting.
A resignation was regretfully accepted from Nicole (Erickson) Prater who was recently married and is moving on. Prater was an English teacher who had been active in the drama and fine arts program.
Superintendent Michael Kelley said they were interviewing for a replacement this week, with at least six applicants.
Josh Schultz resigned from a regular route bus driver position. Board Chair Gary Moorhouse said the District needs to build up its driver list.
Amber Schultz resigned from a Pre-School/ECFE position.
Allison Wyatt was approved for the open Science teacher, made available when Mike Haase resigned earlier this summer to take a job close to his hometown.
Brienna Otte was approved for a third grade teacher position, a spot opened when Kay Willenbring took a job in Hastings earlier this summer.
Jared Rowan was approved for a fifth grade teacher position. This spot fills a vacancy created as Aaron Soule will shift into Social Studies teaching and Athletic Director, for which he was approved to replace Haase.
Faith Nelson was approved as a regular bus route driver.
Josh Spitzack was approved as assistant boys basketball coach.
Dennis Trom was approved for head girls basketball coach and shared time junior high football coach.
Tim Post was approved as a shared time junior high football coach.
All the new contracts (teachers, food service, paraprofessionals, community education, secretaries, transportation and custodians) through 2015 were approved. Moorhouse said this is the earliest he can remember having them all signed and approved.
Another section of pre-school was added. Numbers are at 80 and climbing for the three- and four-year old programs. Kelley said the transfer of pre-school kids to kindergarten is at a very high rate (37 of 38 in most recent year).
The school will work with the Northfield Ambulance for basic CPR training for all in grades 7-12 plus any community members who are interested.
Concessions, Bus Garage
The Booster Club is considering a new mobile concession trailer purchase...The new asphalt and some other upgrades have gone in at the bus garage. Bids will be obtained to see if any more work is prudent.