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By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Six new teachers will join the Chase County Schools staff this fall.
School board members approved the 2015-16 teachers, most of them first-year, at Tuesday’s monthly board meeting.
In the mix will be a second full-time English Language Learners (ELL) teacher as part of the staff next year, Supt. Brad Schoeppey said. Currently the school has one full and one parttime ELL teacher.
Five elementary teachers hired were Molly Strand, Brandi Confer, Shasta Hilker, Jenna Vogt and Kaylee Anderson.
Strand is an Imperial native and Confer currently is student teaching at CCS.
Wauneta native Chris Bartels was hired for the grade 7-12 math position now held by Bruce Vires. Bartels was the only one of the six hired who was assigned a specific position. There were five applicants for the math job.
No specific grade-level or duties were assigned to the newly-hired elementary teachers, said Supt. Schoeppey, but all have accepted a job at CCS next year.
“They have been told it could be one of several positions,” he said.
With just one application received for the medial specialist post now held by Lorain Vires, Supt. Schoeppey said he is continuing to advertise for that position, so it remains unfilled at this time.
The four current elementary teachers who have resigned include Virginia Harford, Tom Hansen, Annie Pursley and Melissa Wallin.
Harford currently is a parttime ELL teacher and directs the school’s High Ability Learners (HAL) program.
Hansen is a fulltime ELL teacher. Both Pursley and Wallin are third grade teachers.
Supt. Schoeppey said Principals Susie Stewart and Mike Sorensen worked with teams of teachers in the hiring process from which their recommendations were made.
Schoeppey expects that specifics on which areas the new elementary teachers will be instructing will be determined by early May. Any coaching assignments would be later in the year, he said.
Below is information on each of the newly-hired teachers taken from their resumes.
Molly Strand was a 2009 graduate of Chase County Schools. She earned a BA Degree in K-6 elementary education and special ed., as well as K-6 mild/moderate endorsement from the University of Nebraska-Kearney (UNK) in December 2013. Since January 2014, she has been substitute teaching at CCS, and in the Perkins County and Dundy County schools.
Brandi Confer is currently student teaching in second and fifth grades at CCS. She will graduate in May from Chadron State College with a BS
Degree in K-8 elementary education with an endorsement in mild/moderate disabilities.
Shasta Hilker, a Cambridge native, will graduate in May from UNK with endorsements in K-6 elementary education and early childhood. Previous to that, she earned an Associate of Arts Degree from Mid Plains Community College-McCook. She is now student teaching in Kearney.
Jenna Vogt earned a BA Degree from Doane College in May 2014 in K-8 elementary education and special education (mild/moderate disabilities K-12 certification). She completed some master’s level studies at Doane last summer, and has been substitute teaching in the Sterling and Centennial Public School Districts the past year.
Kaylee Anderson will be another spring 2015 graduate from Hastings College, where she will receive BA Degrees in K-8 elementary education and K-6 special education. She is currently student teaching in Hastings.
Bartels, who will teach 7-12 math, is a Wauneta native who will graduate in May from Hastings College with a BA Degree in education and a 7-12 math endorsement. He is student teaching in the Hastings Adams Central Public Schools.
School nurse contract
After a short closed session, board members approved a 2015-16 contract for School Nurse Angie Paisley on an 8-0 vote.
She will receive a salary of $42,500 for 2015-16, up from her current salary of $40,500. The $2,000 increase represents a 4.9 percent raise. Paisley also receives the same full health insurance coverage as the certified staff.
Paisley is completing her 19th year as CCS School Nurse.
The board had a few other items of business in the 50-minute meeting Tuesday.
2020, a firm in McCook, was given the bid for a wireless upgrade at the school for the amount of $25,968.
Brett Warren of the company was at the meeting and said he believes they can have the wiring done before state testing begins for CCS students later this month. He said 2020 works mainly with schools and educational entities.
The bid includes cabling, access points with controller and switches.
Two local firms, Chase 3000 and Allo, also submitted partial bids on the contract.
The board also accepted the resignation from evening/activity custodian Jeff Fine.
Supt. Schoeppey said the school struggles to keep that custodian position filled, even though it is fulltime and provides full benefits. However, the 2 to 11 p.m. shift can be altered when there are weekend activities which that custodian also covers.
In other action, the board is moving ahead with upgrading the Longhorn gym bleachers. Activities Director Troy Hauxwell reported on the $7,965 bid from Specialty Installation of Rapid City, S.D., to replace 16 drive motor wheels and build and install 27 intermediate steps in all of the bleacher aisles. Board members gave him the go-ahead.
It’s expected the work will be done before CCS graduation this May.