H-BC board hires four, stalls on two


The Hills-Beaver Creek School Board members hired four individuals at their meeting on Monday night but left a position vacant.

Superintendent Todd Holthaus, speaking on behalf of a hiring committee that consisted of himself and five H-BC staff members, presented the recommendations to the board.

He recommended hiring Kale Wiertzema for the long-term, full-time, substitute elementary position.

This position would substitute for sixth grade for a one-year term to accommodate the movement of current sixth-grade teacher Don Bosshart to the Teacher On Special Assignment (principal) position.

Lois Leuthold made a motion to hire Wiertzema, but the motion failed for the lack of a second.

Vice chair Arlyn Gehrke was running the meeting because chair Harley Fransman was gone. Gehrke asked the board what direction they wanted to give the administration based on the still vacant position.

Board member Amie Fick asked Holthaus what his opinion was.

“I gave you the committee’s recommendation – that was my opinion,” he said about Wiertzema.

Fick said that she believed there were 13 candidates interviewed and advised the committee to reconvene and present a new candidate.

Leuthold added that the committee could still recommend the same candidate, if they felt he was the best.

Karin Moser added that the committee should be informed how the board reacted to the recommendation.

Holthaus said that would be part of the process. The need for a potential special meeting was brought up because of the close timeframe for hiring an individual before the start of the school year.

Wiertzema was also recommended for the head girls’ basketball coaching position. This recommendation also failed for a lack of a second.


Other personnel hires:

Minnesota gives teachers who are licensed in other states a two-year window to pass their MTLE test. Passing the test grants them a Minnesota Teaching License.

The individuals are allowed to teach in Minnesota as long as they are working toward passing the test.

•Rebecca Rasmussen was hired to fill the elementary and secondary vocal instruction and performance vacancy. She has four years teaching experience and comes with a South Dakota teaching license.

•Sarah Wells was hired to fill an open full-time-equivalent elementary teaching position. She will teach in fourth grade. She comes with a South Dakota teaching license.

•Melissa Leuthold was hired to be the Minnesota Reading Corps Literacy Tutor at the elementary school.

This position is not a paid position, but Leuthold will collect some money from the program for living expenses.

The program made the recommendation to hire her based on the applicants they received. 

She will work with students on reading and literacy for four hours a day at the elementary school beginning in mid-August and running through to June.

•Lexi Moore was hired to be the media paraprofessional at the elementary and secondary schools.


Important dates to remember:

•Monday, Aug. 12, the school board will meet for its regular meeting at the H-BC Elementary School in Beaver Creek.

•Staff workshop days are scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 14, and Thursday, Aug. 15.

•A district-wide open house will run from 5 to 7 p.m. at the elementary school and from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the secondary school.

•Secondary school classes start at 8:05 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 19.

•Elementary school classes start at 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21. Elementary students and parents have mandatory conferences on Monday and Tuesday of that week.


In other board news:

•The district received notification that the Minnesota Commissioner of Education approved the district’s Statutory Operating Debt Plan.

•The district is working on back-to-school packets with the hope of having them ready by Thursday, Aug. 1.

•The board will work with Meulebroeck, Taubert and Co. for their fiscal year 2013 audit. The bid from the firm was $10,900, approximately $400 more than last year.

•Exchange State Bank will sponsor a Welcome Back Breakfast for all faculty and staff on Wednesday, Aug. 14.

•The 2013-14 school day schedule is set for 8:05 a.m. to 3:03 p.m. at the secondary school and 8:15 to 3:15 at the elementary school.


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