North Platte hired a number of new teachers in meetings last month.
In a closed session the board of education approved the additions of teachers Michika Linton, Autumn Moody and Melissa Nedved and Joe Fedrizzi as the new band instructor.
Another move was naming Emilee Buckler as the assistant softball coach. She replaced Ryan Davis, who stepped down from that role to focus on his new duties as assistant principal at the junior high/high school.
Other personnel changes featured baseball coach Grant Tysdahl stepping down, but will remain on in his athletic director duties.
“Stepping down from head baseball was a personal decision,” Tysdahl said. “Although it was a tough one I thought it was the right time for someone new to take over the program and hopefully elevate it and take it to the next level. It was hard to step down because the players have been a joy to coach and the parents and community have been extremely supportive during my six years. I am looking forward to continuing my career as a North Platte Panther as the AD, teacher and coach.”
Four other resignations were accepted, including Moody’s from her previous role as a paraprofessional.
Cheer sponsor Carmen Smith and elementary yearbook sponsor Maleah Hartwell resigned their extra duties, while second grade teacher Erica Newsome also stepped down.
During a closed session meeting on Wednesday, May 29, the board approved more additions.
Amber Bilton was hired as an elementary teacher and Heather Meadows was hired as a paraprofessional in the early childhood special education room. Heather McCoy and Kelsey Lammoglia were named cheerleading coaches and Tysdahl’s coaching spot was filled by Daniel Atkinson.
NEWS AND NOTES
The board approved a non-running 2000 Chevrolet minibus as surplus. It will be posted on www.govdeals.com and if it isn’t sold there, it will be sold for scrap.
The board approved the addition of an extra early childhood special education classroom for the 2019-2020 school year due to increased enrollment.
Renewed a contract with Lumen Touch for running the student information system at a cost of $10,220.85 for the next school year.
Bennett French was voted as the board president and Kevin Vernon got picked as the vice president after the April board reorganization.
Superintendent Matt Karl gave an update on the roofing repairs stating the project at the junior high/high school was on track.
Summer school started on May 30, but only for pre-K through eighth grade and will be held at North Platte Elementary School in Camden Point. There was minimal interest at the high school level in large part due to the Plato credit recovery system being utilized.
Kindergarten teacher Sherri Tjelle, intermediate librarian/computer teacher Kim Heckman and counselor Casey Justus were honored at the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Education banquet. Students Chase Bridger and Truman Byergo received scholarships at the same event.
Buckler’s third grade class won the Pennies for Patients drive, raising $324 and earning an ice cream party. All told, North Platte Intermediate raised $909.54.
North Platte had 146 students and 90 parents at the Day at the K at Kauffman Stadium last month.
Junior high students Emma Barron, Jessa Cassity, Karli Guinn, Isaac Harter, Will Hartigan, Camryn Kersten, Jade Leipard, Brooke Meadows, Alaina Scroggins, Matthew Stark, Nick Stewart and Mya Yarc had perfect attendance this past school year.
Thomas Beale and Jonas Pelot were named to the All-KCI scholar bowl team. Those two, along with Byergo and Reece Hinton were named all-district performers in scholar bowl.
Jakob Scroggins will attend the National FBLA Leadership Conference at the end of this month in San Antonio. Also this month, he will attend the Youth Leadership Tour in Washington, D.C.
Chandler Tabor, Chance Chesnut, Kasie Newton and Savannah Lingle all had top-three finishes at the SkillsUSA district competition. Tabor was first in information technology services.