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Willow River school board creates receptionist position

 


The Willow River School board reviewed one potential secure entrance option, and the need to create a receptionist position to main the entrance, at its regular meeting last Tuesday.

“When would you anticipate this position, in the fall?” asked board member Dave Prachar.

Superintendent Scott Anderson said, “Yes.” With utilizing other staffing to help man the entrance, Anderson estimated the half-time position would cost approximately $9,000.

The board approved the creation of the position.

A rough drawing was distributed, and Anderson brought up the option of cutting his office in half to utilize a little used door, building a counter and reorganizing the space that is now the district and elementary office.

Adding remote control entry to the facility for compliance with the American Disabilities Act was also discussed.

Concerned that such an entrance is built to follow applicable codes, school board member Gerard Bennett said, “If you’re going to add it, make sure you have somebody look at it.”

“I think the next step is to find some information out and get a plan,” said Anderson. The facility committee will be making the plan.

Principal report

Grades 5-12 Principal Matt Hosmer reported meeting with staff from the Minnesota School Safety Center May 5. He stated the team was impressed with the school’s crisis manual and also provided helpful points and strategies. Hosmer attended a divisional principal’s meeting May 6 and learned ways to practice for crisis situations.

Hosmer also reported he is using a short survey to obtain teacher feedback.

Other business

The board approved:

– A facility agreement with the city of Willow River for the use of softball fields effective until June 30, 2017.

– A resolution agreeing to purchase services from member school districts of the Northern Lights Special Education Cooperative for the 2015-16 school year.

– Staffing changes to include the hiring of Noah Jurek as physical education/DAPE teacher, effective July 1; the resignations of Alana Laufman, music teacher, and Rakel Bork, kindergarten teacher, effective at the end of the 2014-15 school year; the resignation of Rick Herzog, food service supervisor, effective immediately; the resignation of Title I paraprofessional Heather Turner, effective May 23; and the retirement of golf coach Steve Mokros, effective at the end of the 2015 golf season.

The Finance/Personnel/Negotiations Committee will meet at 5 p.m. June 2 followed by the Facility Committee meeting at 6 p.m.

The next Willow River school board meeting is scheduled for June 9 at 6:30 p.m.

 

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