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Elmwood to fill four teaching positions next year

ELMWOOD--The Elmwood School Board last month approved filling four teaching positions for the 2014-15 year.

The first position is a K-12 Physical Education/Adaptive Physical Education/Health Teacher. The new person is succeeding Dick Jones, who will retire at the end of the year.

The second is an Elementary Special Education teacher. The vacancy started when Rhonda Traun, kindergarten teacher, announced her retirement as well. Ashley Zierl, the 4K teacher, will replace Traun as kindergarten teacher, and Kristy Hoffman, the current Special Education teacher, will be next year’s 4K teacher.

The third is a High School Math and Business teacher, currently held by David Hoffman, who is also retiring.

The fourth is a 6-12 Business/Marketing Education Teacher/Technology Coach. Linda Glampe was the business/marketing teacher and she too is retiring. Superintendent Paul Blanford said it was the district’s call to add technology duties to this position, to help students and teachers with the ever-growing needs of technology.

In other action, the board:

--Received appreciation from Jones for their support during his 30 years in Elmwood. He taught a variety of subjects, including history in grades seven through 12, health in grades 6-12 and physical education in kindergarten through grade 12. He also coached football, boys basketball, wrestling, baseball and track on the high school level, and both girls and boys basketball and track at the middle school.

--Approved a proposal for interested students to participate in the Wisconsin State High School Clay Target League. See this week’s Herald for more about Elmwood’s involvement in the league.

--Heard March 28 and April 21 were to be snow make-up days. Blanford said if Gov. Scott Walker signs Senate Bill 589 in the near future, which pertain to the number of school days and hours of instruction held in a school year, April 21 will then be a staff development day, as the district is in good shape pertaining to the number of hours.

--Was informed the legislature passed a bill requiring all high school students have three years of math and science credits before graduating.

--Approved extending Blanford’s contract for two years. His salary was set at $107,100, along with a one-time stipend of $12,000 for being middle school/high school principal for this year.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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