Board addresses teacher ‘wish list’

As the administration at Chase County Schools looked ahead to staffing for the 2021-22 school year, a “wish list” of seven new teachers was compiled.
    After meeting with an academic leadership team and the board’s curriculum committee, Supt. Adam Lambert came up with a list of seven new teachers that he believes could fill some gaps in educational offerings at CCS.
    Lambert got approval for four of them after a vote at the Dec. 8 board meeting. One could start as early as January in the elementary grades.
     Overall, the board approved adding two elementary teachers, and two more for 5-12 math and 5-12 English.
    Approval came on an 8-1 vote.
    The other three on the administration’s wish list, but not approved last week, were full-time physical education, music and art teachers.
    A number of CCS teachers in the affected departments spoke at last week’s meeting of their needs and desires in the programs they teach, including music, art, PE, reading intervention and Title 1.
    One of the elementary teacher additions approved last week will allow Angie Dickey, who was moved to 2nd grade this fall, to return to her role in January as MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Supports) coordinator and as a reading/math interventionist.
    According to Lambert’s “wish list,” Dickey was moved to 2nd grade this year due to COVID concerns.
    Agnes Strand spoke about the music program. She and Jodie Liess teach all K-12 classes, absorbing those of Randy Hayes,who retired in May 2019 and was not replaced. Not all classes meet as often as they had before.
    “There is definite room for three music teachers,” Strand said.
    Now, Liess teaches K-4 music, 7-12 choir, special ed. music, and directs the show choir and musical.
    Strand has 5-6 band and choir (alternating), 7-8 band and choir, high school band and jazz band.
    The “wish list” would add a 6-12 vocal music teacher. Liess would teach K-5 vocal and Strand, 5-12 instrumental if that happened.
    Supt. Lambert, whose bachelor’s degree is in music, said one of the reasons they moved here was so their daughter could get 5th grade band, something not available in their previous school.
    He said Chase County has a good reputation for its show choir because it had a core teacher in Hayes teach

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