Third-grade teacher Nicole Fey resigned from the district at Monday night’s Hills-Beaver Creek School Board meeting.
Board Chair Harley Fransman read Fey’s letter of resignation.
“I can’t even put into words how much I will miss working at H-BC. Working here has been such a blessing,” Fey wrote.
“I have enjoyed getting to know the families, and I absolutely loved being able to work with such great kids. My co-workers are amazing people that have taught me so much. I’ve been fortunate to be part of such an incredible school district for 15 years.”
Fey has been with the elementary school for 15 years; she taught part-time for the past 10 years.
She referred in the letter to not being able to commit to the district full-time.
“With having to work full-time and living so far from school, I feel my job would take too much time away from my family,” she wrote.
“Thank you so much for allowing me to be part-time for the past 10 years. That extra time spent raising my children was priceless, and I want you to know I appreciated that opportunity.”
Superintendent Todd Holthaus said about Fey, “She was a good one. She will be missed.”
Several board members echoed his sentiment, and Fransman asked that a letter of thanks for service be sent to her.
In other personnel business, the board approved creating a media/lunch paraprofessional.
The position will assume responsibilities at both the elementary and secondary library. It will also oversee the media program and help with elementary lunch supervision.
It will be a non-licensed hire; therefore this person will not be permitted to do any instruction.
Holthaus informed the board that the district’s elementary media or computer time is based on software and the Internet.
He said students will continue to use those resources for learning but will not have any instruction time.
Students currently receive .5 hour of media time per week. This will not change.
The paraprofessional will earn between $21,000 and $25,000 for the school year, working approximately seven hours a day.
The district had budgeted $27,000 to fill this position. Holthaus explained the district will fill the position and cut down on teacher supervision during lunch while saving money.
Special Ed/IEP position
Due to the recent resignation of Early Childhood Special Education instructor Tonya Metzger the district needed to find someone to fulfill Individualized Education Programs.
The board has opted to have the position absorbed by current special education teacher Jill Stiefvator.
Metzger did not teach full-time and the caseload has decreased, creating a less-than part-time position.
Holthaus said he will apply for a variance for Stiefvator, allowing her to work with the early childhood special education IEPs.