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Paynesville Press - May 18, 2005

School board approves hiring new principal

By Michael Jacobson

The Paynesville Area School Board took the following actions at their meeting on Tuesday, May 10.

*The board approved a one-year contract for Lorie Floura as the new secondary (6-12) principal. She was given a one-year contract because the administrative staff will be in the second year of a two-year contract and will then negotiate a new two-year deal. (See related story)

*The board approved keeping the middle school office open for the 2005-06 school year and staffing the office with an instructional assistant from 7:45 to 8:15 a.m., with students throughout the school day, and with an instructional assistant from 3:10 to 3:30 p.m. This administration proposal came after the board directed them to study a low-cost way to keep the office open for students and parents.

The board had previously approved the reduction of 1,514 secretarial hours for the 2005-06 school year as a cost-saving measure.

*The board approved moving the Community Education staff to the middle school office for the 2005-06 school year. Administration recommended this change to better utilize the office space, which otherwise would have been vacant, and to free space in the high school office. There rooms could be used for student discipline (in-school suspensions), etc.

*The board approved increasing hours for art teacher Kelli Woehler for the 2005-06 school year. She will teach full time next year in both the middle school and high school. This year, she was just part-time in the middle school, but the retirement of high school art teacher Carol Lura led to an increased teaching assignment for Woehler.

*The board approved increasing hours for speech clinician Michelle Hesse-Cremers to full time. Her position was 0.6 FTE this year, but due to caseloads, the position has been increased to 1.0 FTE next year. *The board met with the student advisory councils from the middle school and high school to discuss issues affecting students. (In order to meet with the student groups, the board met at 2 p.m. in the afternoon in the middle school media center.) Among the issues raised by the middle school students was a request to keep the middle school office open.

*The board approved an employee assignment for Sally Heitke as a supervisor in the fitness center.

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