Oldre resigns from position at H-BC
Lexi Moore photos Media specialist Sara Oldre resigned at Monday night's board meeting. She would often wear disguises in an effort to get students more involved in reading.

Media specialist Sara Oldre resigned at Monday night’s Hills-Beaver Creek School Board meeting.

Oldre submitted a letter to the administration explaining she had taken a full-time media specialist position at another district.

Her letter stated, “It has been a pleasure to work for the district for the past 19 years.”

Oldre was a classroom teacher at H-BC before becoming the media specialist 10 years ago.

Last year the district opted to split her position. She served half time at the high school and half time at the elementary school. This spring they approved changing her position half time as a media specialist and half time as a classroom teacher.

Board member Arlyn Gehrke commented on the “good job she did.” His comments were echoed by other board members and Superintendent Todd Holthaus.

Holthaus credited her with being the driving force behind a successful Accelerated Reader program at the elementary school.

“She took it under her wing and we will have our work cut out to maintain it at the level she implemented,” he said.

Amie Fick added that she did an excellent job getting the students to enjoy reading, often even recommending books to students based on their interests and keeping them engaged.


Additional personnel changes

The board acted to hire Mandi Kor as the head volleyball coach for the upcoming school year. Kor has had this position before and responded with interest to an internal posting.

Resignations from former head coach Mary Jo Graphenteen and assistant coach Chris Nowatzki were accepted at the board’s last meeting.

The board accepted a resignation from Early Childhood Family Education Parent Educator Jill Stiefvater. This is a part-time position that works with the ECFE coordinator during ECFE events.

The board approved adding three percent FTE to Jodi Ackerman’s vocal music instructor contract. The additional time was needed to meet the needs of a large incoming kindergarten class.

Holthaus informed the board that there are currently 1.5 FTE openings at the elementary school that need to be filled for next school year.

This is a result of the resignation of the media specialist and moving a staff person into the Teacher On Special Assignment position.


In other board news:

•A check for $465,000 was delivered to Gil Haugen Construction on Thursday, May 2. This fulfills the district’s judgment bond for the construction project.

•The board recognized the work of the district’s teachers and nurse in honor of Teacher Appreciation and Nurse Appreciation Days.

•The following donations were accepted: $500 from the Rock County Emergency Food Shelf to help with food service accounts and $100 from Amie Fick for youth baseball to offset the cost of purchasing new hats.

•A special board meeting was called for Monday, May 20, at 7 a.m. to act on the Statutory Operating Debt Resolution.

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