Meeting in special session Monday, Aug. 5, the Hayward Community Schools Board of Education approved the hiring of various athletic coaches and teacher aides, as well as numerous teacher transfers.
The board also continued to discuss goals for the coming year.
In action items, the board:
• Approved the following personnel transfers: sixth grade English Language Arts (ELA) teacher Kate Laier to middle school intervention specialist; Jennifer Wellauer from sixth grade math teacher to sixth grade English Language Arts teacher; seventh grade math and social studies teacher Dan Bergschneider to sixth grade math teacher; Tom Meyer from special education teacher at the intermediate school to special education teacher on special assignment. Supt. Craig Olson explained that due to a shortage of school psychologists, Meyer will assist with student testing district-wide; and the transfer of Leah Teran from middle school paraprofessional to middle school Academic Learning Alternative Center (ALAC) supervisor.
• Hired Shauna Wallace as occupational therapist. She will work four days a week in the Hayward school district and one day a week in the Northwood School District. Northwood will reimburse Hayward for one-fifth of her salary. The board also hired Caitlin Jones as certified occupational therapy assistant.
• Hired Danielle Beauvais and Erich Schenkenberg as middle school special education paraprofessionals; and hired Sarah Letke and Monica Berget as middle school paraprofessionals.
• Hired Emily Scribner as primary school paraprofessional and Julianne Munich as primary school special education paraprofessional; and hired Jean Imm as primary school housekeeper.
The boarwd also approved the following athletic hires:
• Wade Reier will be the varsity girls golf coach.
• Jill Bonicatto was hired as the C team coach for girls volleyball.
• Christina Hill will be the middle school cross-country coach and Jared Ursin was hired as middle school football coach.
Olson said there are currently two vacant science teacher positions at the high school and there are “no applicants” for those positions. Also, the district is short one psychologist.
In discussing goals for the coming year, board President Linda Plante said board goals should include enhancing technology education, reducing student absenteeism and making sure that classes are available in the revamped high school schedule.
Board member Stacey Hessel said character education “needs to be strong in our school.”
The board also has discussed implementing alternative pathways to learning for some students.
“We have the program ready to go (but) we can’t find a facility to house it,” Olson said.