Seeking a firsthand account of the status of hiring an HHS vocational agriculture instructor for 2015-16, senior ag students Sid Struckmeyer and Josilyn Lutze addressed the Re-1J Board of Education at its July 20 meeting.
Superintendent John McCleary said emphatically that he’s an ardent fan of FFA. “I’ll make sure we have a program for you,” he assured the students.
McCleary said he had hoped to have a recommendation for hiring at Monday night’s meeting, but it didn’t pan out. While they’re attempting to find a vo-ag teacher as soon as possible, McCleary said they still want a high-quality candidate.
He has reached out to nearby state organizations and said he has a backup plan if a teacher can’t be found by the beginning of the school year.
McCleary responded to a question about FFA trip sponsorship, noting that perhaps a good cohort group of parents could be utilized. “That’s all theoretical right now,” he added, saying he really thinks he has a good chance of getting a teacher hired.
Nicole League hired as elementary counselor
Nicole League was hired as part-time counselor at Holyoke Elementary School for the 2015-16 school year at Monday night’s board meeting. She will work from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or five hours a day as arranged by Elementary Principal Kyle Stumpf.
In recommending League for the position, Stumpf said she was one of their top choices for this position in early May and was even offered the job. At that time, she declined, stating she wanted to pursue being a full-time private counselor in the Sterling area.
However, Stumpf noted that after a couple of months, League indicated she missed being around children on a daily basis and felt she needed to reconsider the offer and position in Holyoke. The part-time schedule will work well for both the district and for League.
This past year, League has worked in the Sterling School District as a behavior specialist and before that was a counselor in Cheyenne, Wyo. She recently earned her master’s degree in counseling from Adams State University in Alamosa.
Extra-duty assignments for 2015-16 were approved at the recent meeting.
Athletic director Sandra Rahe pointed out the immediate need for several fall sports coaches including assistant HS boys’ golf and both head and assistant JH football coaches.
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. Assis- tant 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 and girls’ swimming coaches, with assistants receiving $1,241. In the girls’ golf program, two coaches will each receive $1,533.
Head JH football, volleyball,
boys’ basketball, girls’ basket- ball, 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, play director and TV Productions 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 McCon- nell, Cody Jiru and Nic Balog, assistant HS football; Vanessa Tharp, head HS volleyball; Theresa Tharp, assistant HS volleyball; Scott Dille, head HS boys’ basketball; Ben Rahe, assistant HS boys’ basketball.
Arlan Scholl, head HS girls’ basketball; Victoria Timm, assistant HS girls’ basketball; Brady Walter, head HS wres- tling; Dusty McConnell and volunteers Jeremy Dirks and Jesus Hermosillo, assistant HS wrestling; Cindi Beavers, head HS boys’/girls’ track; Shelby Beavers, assistant HS boys’/ girls’ track; Amber Schroetlin, JH/HS pole vault coach.
Sherman Kage, head HS girls’ softball; Kendra Schlachter, assistant HS girls’ softball; Stefan Betley, head HS boys’ golf; Marcia Dalton, head HS girls’ golf; Nick Flaa, assistant HS girls’ golf; Adria Colver, head HS girls’ swimming; Aly Brinkema, assistant HS girls’ swimming; McKenna Heldenbrand, head HS and head JH spiritleader.
Havilah Andersen, head JH volleyball; Heather Monett, assistant JH volleyball; Jim Yakel, head JH boys’ basketball; Greg Wakeman, assistant JH boys’ basketball; Nick Flaa, assistant JH girls’ basketball; Kia Kassman, head JH boys’/girls’ track.
Kendra Schlachter, fall, winter and spring athletic trainer; Greg Wakeman, band director; Marcia Dalton, choir director; Eric Conklin, play director; Patricia Wiebers, musical assistant; and Cindi Beavers, TV Productions director.
In other business at the July 20 meeting, the Re-1J board:
—named Brenda Krueger the designated election official for the November school board election.
—adopted a resolution authorizing bank signatures on the various school accounts to incorporate the new superintendent.
—held a retreat following the board meeting. Agenda items included an effectiveness workshop with Randy Black of Colorado Association of School Boards, superintendents’ role and district initiatives, 30/60/90 day plan for integration and leadership, and election update.
Holyoke Enterprise July 23, 2015