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District will advertise for new math, kindergarten teachers

Soon PR-B schools will have a new kindergarten teacher and Alternative Learning Center (ALC) math teacher.

The school board approved both positions at its regular monthly meeting Monday, Sept. 16.

Estimates on the number of incoming kindergarten students this school year were low. It was estimated that the district would have 60 kindergartners, but the school now has 70.

The new teacher will raise the number of sections from three to four. The change will take place as soon as a teacher is hired, so some students will be moving to a new room and teacher this year.

The ALC also saw an influx of students.

“We’ve had definitely a bunch of students move into the district who are short math credits,” said Sue Peet, director of the ALC.

The ALC previously had a part-time math teacher for four periods a day, but that position was cut for the 2011-2012 school year.

The full time teacher will teach five periods of math with one prep period.

“I’m thankful for the support,” Peet said. “It’s really needed for the students here.

Other Staffing Changes

In other staffing action, the board:

• Hired Erin Gajewski, Carol Vredenburg and Paula Soderquist, van drivers; and Kristin Geschwill and Holly McBeth, paraprofessionals.

• Accepted the resignation of Sue Ward, bus driver, and Donna Swenson, paraprofessional.

• Authorized job posting for additional paraprofessional support time of .5 hour daily and a paraprofessional position of 19 hours per week.