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Paynesville Press - August 16, 2006

School board approves new contracts

By Melissa Andrie

The Paynesville School Board took the following actions at their meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 8.

•The board approved a two-year contract with the district's two principals - elementary principal Deb Gillman and secondary principal Lorie Floura. The contract calls for a 11.15-percent salary increase over two years.

•The board approved an updated athletic coordinator job description that includes ten extra contract days. Job assignments include: scheduling and overseeing athletic contests (50 percent); program planning (10 percent); coaches/athletic workers (10 percent); budgeting (10 percent); communications (10 percent); and discipline (10 percent).

•The board approve a one-year contract with athletic coordinator Kyle Nehowig for the 2006-07 school year. The contract calls for ten extra days, a five-percent increase, with a 9.08-percent salary increase the first year and a 3.78-percent salary increase the second year.

Board member Mark Dingmann questioned the 9.08-percent salary increase the first year and voted against the contract.

•The board approved a one-year contract with technology specialist Jim Decker for the 2006-07 school year. The contract calls for a 4.5-percent pay increase.

•The board approved hiring Jennifer Tonsfeldt as a physical education and health teacher for the 2006-07 school year, replacing Keri Hatlevig, who resigned. •The board approved hiring Erin Wendt as a part-time communications/language arts teacher for the 2006-07 school year.

•The board approved hiring Wendt as the media center paraprofessional at 1.75 hours per day, starting in October.

•The board approved hiring Eileen Reiter as the new clerical food service person, starting this September.

•The board approved hiring Karen Tyson as the Bulldog Kid's Club coordinator, effective for the 2006-07 school year.

•The board approved a maternity leave for middle school special education teacher Alycia Long, starting approximately in late November and lasting until January. The board also approved Long's request for childcare leave from January through March.

•The board approved hiring Lisa Hemmesch as a long-term substitute teacher in Early Childhood Family Education from August to December. Parent educator Amy Jech is on maternity leave and will return for the second semester.

•The board approved the following non-athletic assignments for the 2006-2007 school year: Ken Vork, PAHS instrumental music; Jackie Parsley, yearbook; Vork and Jane Leitzman, PAHS three-act play; Vork and Leitzman, PAMS three-act play directors; Joan Nevitt, PAHS speech; Vork, PAMS instrumental music; Cheryl Bungum, PAHS vocal music; Bungum, PAMS vocal music; Bill Virant, school patrol; Leitzman, PAMS speech; Diane Seegers and Jackie Campbell, PAHS student council advisors; Dawn Knoll and Dave Mutschelknaus, PAMS student council advisors; Michelle Hesse-Cremers, special education department chair; Natalie Todnem, FFA; Karen Odberg, FFCLA; Michael Guenther, VICA; Nevitt, one-act play director; Brenda Whitcomb, magazine sales; Bungum, pops choir; Chad Campbell, PAES computer coordinator; Todd Spanier, PAMS computer coordinator; Bill Brinkman, PAHS computer coordinator; Mary Burlingame and Gretchen O'Fallon, prom advisor; and Burlingame and O'Fallon, prom banquet.

•The board approved the following fall coaching assignments for the 2006-07 school year: Football - Ted Nett, head coach; Josh Kuenzel, assistant; Chris Theis, assistant; Tom Ludwig, ninth grade; Brad Skoglund, junior high; Brad Nespund, junior high; and Kyle Nehowig, junior high; Volleyball - Dawn Knoll, head coach; Julie Jimenez, assistant; Jennifer Tonsfeldt, ninth grade; Leah Pfeifer, junior high; and Jackie Spanier, junior high; Cross country - Darrel Carstens, head coach; Todd Spanier, junior high; and Football cheerleading - Robyn Spaeth.

•The board approved sixth class assignments for the following teachers for the 2006-07 school year: Bill Brinkman, Phil Carlson, Darrel Carstens, Wally Erickson, Todd Spanier, Kelli Woehler, Jennifer Tonsfeldt (1/2 year), Dawn Knoll (1/2 year), Todd Knudsvig, 1/2 year, Jay Thompson (1/2 year), Kim Gulbranson (3/8 year).

•The board approved the respective student/parent handbooks for the 2006-07 school year. Updates in the elementary handbook include a brief lockdown drill to take place sometime after September. The middle school and high school handbooks include a lockdown drill and the allowance of 100-percent juice beverages and healthy breakfast foods in classrooms during first period. This is an exception to the new wellness policy.

In the middle school, the distinction of the A honor roll will change from a grade point average (GPA) of 3.66 to a GPA of 3.5.

•The board also approved the faculty handbook for 2006-07. Changes include the lunch and monitoring schedules and the return to first-hour teachers as homeroom advisors. Superintendent Todd Burlin-game noted that a staff policy handbook is presently being prepared.

•The board denied an application from Mora and Milaca for membership into the West Central Conference, as all the conference schools are doing, according to athletic coordinator Kyle Nehowig. This is due to Mora's and Milaca's larger enrollment, travel expenses and travel time to these distant towns, and possible effects on a currently ideal schedule, said Nehowig.

•The board approved Kemps' low bid of $46,091 as the dairy vendor for the 2006-07 school year. The other bid was $47,932.

•The board approved Pan-O-Gold's low bid of $12,644.50 as the bakery vendor for the 2006-07 school year. The other bid was $14,598.50.

•The board was informed that the trophy auction at the all-school reunion raised $400 for the Bulldog Booster Club. The board had declared these excess trophies as surplus property.

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