District rehires teachers
By Emily Bialkowski
Characterized as “extremely positive” by middle/high school principal Paul DeMorett, the Caledonia School Board welcomed back several teachers July 15.
A direct result of obtaining ADSIS grant funding – Alternative Delivery of Specialized Instructional Services – the following teachers have been recalled and enter into contracts for the 2013-14 school year:
• Zoe Lamm as a middle/high school part-time science teacher
• Tory-Kale Schulz as an elementary teacher
• Bethany Meiners as an elementary social worker
The funding stream also paved the way for the board to hire an additional part-time math teacher for grades six through nine.
Perhaps relieved to be in a position of offering jobs instead of taking them away, while also providing better educational opportunities for the district’s youth, the board had no discussion on the hires, and all passed unanimously.
Superintendent Ben Barton gave a special nod to Nancy Runningen, community education director, who led the charge on the effort. His comments were met with applause, a not often used expression of approval at school board meetings.
Also on the personnel docket were resignations from Sarah Fruechte as the ninth grade girls basketball coach, Crystal Ostern as a part-time special educational assistant and Kristi Knutson as middle/high school student services secretary.
The three resignations received approval, though Knutson’s request had one dissenting vote from board member Melissa Marschall.
A fourth resignation, from Kevin Klug as the seventh grade boys basketball coach, paved the way for him to take on the head girls basketball coach position. That item received a unanimous nod.
The fall sports coaching contracts were reviewed and approved, in addition to the co-curricular coaching contracts. Please see charts for details.
Finally, approval was given to hire Randy Dehli as a full-time custodian.
Fall Sports Coaching Contracts 2013-14
Brent Schroeder, head coach, at $3,212 ($3,712 minus $500 as he pays for one assistant out of his contract)
Carl Fruechte, assistant coach, at $2,643
Mitch Mullins, assistant coach, at $2,643
Roger Knutson, assistant coach, at $2,643
Dan Muenkel, 9th grade coach, at $1,665
Doug Miller, 8th grade coach, at $2,002
John Fruechte, 7th grade coach, at $1,834
Luke Snell, assistant out of Brent’s contract at $500
Tim Colleran, head coach, at $3,542
Jake Dellamuth, assistant coach, at $2,306
Dustin Moburg, head coach, at $3,542
Scott Koepke, head coach, at $3,712
Dan Reinhart, assistant coach, at $2,643
Alissa Diersen, junior high coach, at $1,834
Jeremy Leis, junior high coach, at $2,002
Co-Curricular Coaching Contracts 2013-14
School musical, Lindsay Mackie, at $1,879
Band, Dustin Moburg, at $1,237
Choir, Ross Martin, at 1,406
FFA Advisor, Brad Harguth, at $3,604
Jr. Class Advisor, Bethany Meiners, at $2,092
Jazz Symposium, Ross Martin, at $3,305
Knowledge Bowl, Becky Breeser, at $1,574
Knowledge Bowl, David Riley, at $1,574
Marching & Pep Band, Dustin Moburg, at $1,879
National Honor Society, Tory-Kale Schulz, at $1,237
Student Council, Sue Link, at $3,604
Yearbook, Peggy Perry, at $3,001