2/20/2014 2:18:00 PM Two to retire at Randolph Elementary
by Ken Haggerty
The Randolph School Board accepted the retirements of two veteran elementary school teachers effective the end of the school year at its Feb. 18 meeting.
Nancy Andrews, 40 years at Randolph, and Pete Pedersen, 20 years at Randolph, both accepted the board's retirement package offer.
In other personnel decisions, the board accepted resignations of Rachelle Adelmann from her paraprofessional position and Lee Moen from his Varsity volleyball coaching position. Adelmann is taking a job with more hours and benefits.
Vanda Pressnall was approved for a part-time special education position that started February 3. Jill Schultz was approved for the part-time registered nurse position that started Feb. 10.
Preschool, child care fees up
The board approved some 2014-15 Community Education fees. Preschool for three days a week, 90 sessions in the year, was raised to $800 from $750. Two days a week, 60 sessions in the year, was left at $625.
Child care rates were raised a dime, to $3.10 per hour for first child and $2.30 for each additional child.
Trip to Spain
The board approved Spanish teacher Reanna Arnoldi's request to take Spanish students on a trip to Spain in June, 2015. The $3,700 trip will be run through a charter company. Fundraising opportunities will be available. Superintendent Mike Kelley said the kids will not be schlepping candy or be involved in some of those other extremely annoying fundraisers. He said KwikTrip cards and bagging groceries at Cub have been good fundraisers.
The board approved the calendar for 2014-15. School goes through Friday, June 5, 2015. The board likes a May finish if possible. "After the middle of May, all schools see productivity go down," said Board Chair Gary Moorhouse. Kelley said a mid-week Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve means a full two-week break at that time of year is necessary unless we schedule a one or two day week. This two-week break makes an earlier end to the school year difficult. School will start September 2, 2014. There are 175 school days in 2014-15. Two snow days are built in. This year, students will not be released on Friday, May 30, 2014 (which was a built in snow day). Teachers will have to also make up a snow day on April 21, 2014.