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School board hires new teachers, staff

The Pequot Lakes School Board hired numerous new teachers at its regular meeting Monday night, July 15.

Kevin Furst was hired as technology integration coordinator, replacing Brian Kazmierczak. This will be the second year the position has existed.

Jason Bradley was hired as English/language arts instructor, replacing Meghan Kazmierczak. Catherine Stampe was also hired as English/language arts instructor, replacing Lindsey Kaiser.

Nathaniel Novak was hired as special education/FOCUS instructor.

At the elementary level, Suzanne Hurin was hired to teach first grade and Kayla Reed was hired to teach kindergarten.

Coaching changes were also made. High school principal Chip Rankin will replace Jacob Box as assistant football coach. Ben Starns will replace Gary Grewe has head boys’ basketball coach, and Alex Kunesh will replace Brian Lempola as assistant boys’ basketball coach.

Jana Lueck will move from assistant girls’ track coach to head coach, leaving the assistant position vacant.

The middle level boys’ golf, national honor society and assistant volleyball positions are also open.

Abbie Schramm will be the new high school student council advisor.

Resignations Monday included Shawn Hill, speech/language pathologist; Joyce Olson, school nurse; and Courtney Barnett, paraprofessional.

Board member Kim Bolz-Andolshek attended the meeting via Skype.

In other business Monday, the board:

• Met in closed session to discuss negotiations planning.

• Approved a contract for a school liaison police officer. The contract is the same as last year; the district will pay $3,333.33 a month for the officer.

• Purchased school readiness curriculum.

• Accepted handbooks for the elementary, middle level, high school, greater lakes area performing arts, athletics/activities, activities and coaching, Kid Konnection, district staff and community education by-laws. The board said there were no major changes to any of the handbooks.