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School district hiring process continues
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

April 23. 2013 10:11AM
The hiring process for next year continues on for Brandon Valley administrators.

At their April 8 meeting, the school board OK’d the hiring of six new teachers for the 2013-14 school year. Among the new hires are Katherine Lane, who will teach third grade at Valley Springs Elementary. Paula Kay-Hartman Huber will teach kindergarten at Robert Bennis Elementary, and Cody Linneweber, was contracted to teach first grade, also at RBE. Both Michael Weeldreyer and Jack Mueller were hired to teach middle school match, and Jason Shoup was hired to teach that same subject at the high school level.

To meet staffing needs for Brandon Valley’s newly implemented literacy plan, the board gave the OK to add a full-time elementary reading specialist.

“For our literacy plan and new reading protocol, part of the plan is identifying resources to implement that plan,” explained Superintendent Dave Pappone. “One of these included adding to our reading specialist (staff.)”

The position could be funded in one of two ways, Pappone said. One solution is to spend some of the reserves in the general fund, or to use special education funds, which the administration favored.

“There are limits to how much reserves we can have in the special education fund, and we routinely return special education funds to the state,” Pappone said.

Federal government has allowed school districts to use up to 15 percent of special education funds on early intervention services. And this year, the state legislature extended school districts that same courtesy.

“We’ve been using some of that federal flexibility to pay the salary of our current reading specialists,” Pappone said.

The board also accepted a variety of staff resignations. Cindy Feyereisen requested to give up her middle school yearbook adviser position; Daniel Woodle has resigned from teaching fifth grade at Fred Assam Elementary, and Kevin Kessler terminated his high school band director position. Also submitting her resignation is Mary Aschoff.
In other business, the school board:
• Was informed of two events on tap this week: On Thursday, high school students and staff will pair up once again for the annual “Dancing With the Staff.” The event starts at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center, and proceeds from ticket sales will be given to the Jon and Anne Peters family, who are adopting a child from Haiti.

• The junior-senior prom caps off the week Saturday evening at the Shrine Mosque Temple in Sioux Falls. The public is invited to take photos from 8 to 9 p.m., and the prom continues through 11:45 p.m. From midnight to 1:30 a.m., prom-goers can enjoy breakfast at Tailgator’s in Brandon.

• Went into the executive session to conduct Supt. Pappone’s annual evaluation.

• Adjourned until 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 22.

The hiring process for the 2013-14 school year at Brandon Valley continues. Challenger file photo

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