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Written by Brenda Johnson Brandt   

Math and social studies teachers were hired for Holyoke JR/SR High for the 2014-15 school year, while the resignation of band director Miko Martinez was accepted at the July 8 meeting of the Re-1J Board of Education.

Martinez’ resignation is effective immediately.

Cristine Mallari will teach JR/SR high math and will be placed on the district salary schedule at BA+15, Step 6.

Mallari is participating in the Volare International H-1B nonimmigrant status for foreign teachers program. She is from the Philippines, where she has spent the past five years teaching math in Quezon City.

Her bachelor’s degree is in secondary education with a major in math, and she has completed half of her master’s degree, also in math education.

Cody Jiru was hired to fill the social studies teacher position and will also be an assistant football coach. He will be placed on the salary schedule at BA Step 2.

Jiru graduated from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., with a B.A. in social science/secondary education. He played football for five years at Benedictine and was named to the All-Conference team three different seasons.

He returned to his home in Sacramento, Calif., where he served as a long-term substitute and then was an alternative school social studies teacher for a year.

Extra-duty assignments for 2014-15 were also approved at last week’s board meeting.

Stipends were set at $3,102 for the head HS football coach, with three assistants at $1,861 each and one assistant at $1,241.

Head HS volleyball, boys’ basketball, girls’ basketball, wrestling, boys’/girls’ track, baseball and softball coaches will also receive $3,102. Assistant coaches in those programs will be paid $1,861, as will the HS spiritleader sponsor.

A $1,861 stipend has been set for each of three seasons for an athletic trainer.

A stipend of $1,825 will go to head HS boys’ golf, girls’ golf and girls’ swimming coaches, with assistants receiving $1,241.

Head JH football, volleyball, boys’ basketball, girls’ basketball, wrestling and boys’/girls’ track coaches will receive a $1,825 stipend, while $1,241 was allotted for assistant coaches in those sports, as well as the JH spiritleader sponsor.

General extra-duty stipends were set at $3,102 for the band director and play director and $932 each for the choir director and musical assistant.

Extra-duty assignments were made as follows:

John Zilla, head HS football; Merle Powell, Dusty McConnell, Cody Jiru and Nic Balog, assistant HS football; Michelle Vieselmeyer, head HS volleyball; Theresa Tharp and volunteer Vanessa Tharp, assistant HS volleyball; Scott Dille, head HS boys’ basketball; Ben Rahe and volunteer Nick Flaa, assistant HS boys’ basketball.

Arlan Scholl, head HS girls’ basketball; Kia Kassman and volunteer Victoria Timm, assistant HS girls’ basketball; Brady Walter, head HS wrestling; Houston McConnell and volunteers Nate Groshans and Jeremy Dirks, assistant HS wrestling; Cindi Beavers, head HS boys’/girls’ track; Amanda Skinner and Shelby Beavers, assistant HS boys’/girls’ track.

John Zilla, head HS baseball; Marcus Kammer and volunteer Brett Gerk, assistant HS baseball; Sherman Kage, head HS girls’ softball; Kendra Schlachter, ass’t HS girls’ softball; Stefan Betley, ass’t HS boys’ golf; Marcia Dalton, head HS girls’ golf; Adria Colver, head HS girls’ swimming; Aly Brinkema, assistant HS girls’ swimming; Jennifer Philips, head HS and head JH spiritleader.

Clay Christensen, head JH football, assisted by Brady Walter; Jordan Stone, head JH volleyball, assisted by Heather Monett; Jim Yakel, head JH boys’ basketball; Jordan Stone, assistant JH girls’ basketball and head JH boys’/girls’ track; Kendra Schlachter, fall, winter and spring athletic trainer; Marcia Dalton, choir director; Eric Conklin, play director; Pat Wiebers, musical assistant; Karen Ortner, FCCLA; Clay Christensen, FFA; and Roy Derrick, FBLA.


Public conduct policy discussed

New restrictions for offenders were reviewed by the board, to be added to the school district’s Policy KFA on public conduct on school property.

The policy discussion will return to the next board meeting on Aug. 5.

The proposed policy addition notes that the superintendent has the authority to impose additional restrictions for any length of time including, but not limited to, restricted access to the building or staff, not allowed to attend school events, not allowed on school property, not allowed to make a school facility request, not allowed to volunteer in the building or with a school program and/or any other restrictions deemed necessary.

Superintendent Bret Miles confirmed that this policy will pertain to situations in conjunction with any Holyoke School District event, even if it’s at another school district. It pertains to both students and adults.


Amendment 23 suit filed

Holyoke School District is included as a plaintiff in the lawsuit filed June 27 against the State of Colorado. The lawsuit argues that the negative factor is a violation of Amendment 23 in the constitution.

Amendment 23 received voter approval in 2000, requiring schools to receive a predictable and growing source of funding. The past four years, the Legislature has said it doesn’t have the money to fund this.

The difference between the funding a school district was supposed to receive, by statute, and what it actually received is called its negative factor.

Holyoke Superintendent Bret Miles said the lawsuit is not trying to prove a remedy. Rather, it’s asking for a legal interpretation. It’s asking why some constitutional provisions are followed and not others.

Lead plaintiff in this Dwyer v. State of Colorado lawsuit is Lindi Dwyer, who has four students in the Kit Carson School District.

Plaintiffs in the case are five school districts (including Holyoke), East Central BOCES, Colorado Rural Schools Caucus, Colorado PTA and four sets of parents (including Dwyer) with children in three different school districts.


Other business

In other business July 8, the Re-1J board:

—approved second reading of policies and regulations on the topics of alcohol- and drug-free workplace, parent engagement in education and crisis management.

—reviewed activities/athletic handbook changes, as reported by activities director Sandra Rahe.

—heard a construction update from Miles. He noted that new walls are framed and construction is going well in the office remodel projects at both the elementary and JR/SR high schools. Substantial completion is scheduled for July 28.

Holyoke Enterprise July 17. 2014