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School board looks ahead to next year’s new faces

The Perham-Dent School Board made several key personnel decisions in preparation for the 2013-14 school year at its regular monthly meeting last Wednesday.

The Prairie Wind Middle School reviewed 44 applications for an open seventh grade social studies position, reported Principal Scott Bjerke. The administration went on to interview 10 candidates, and ultimately offered the position to Kyle Haberman, who currently teaches in the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton School District. Haberman’s hiring was unanimously approved by the board later in the evening.

Perham High School administrators have been doing a “fair amount” of interviewing for several open positions, said Principal Ehren Zimmerman. While they haven’t yet secured all the candidates to whom they have offered jobs, the high school proposed – and the board approved – the hiring of Lauren Hanson as a K-12 art teacher.

The high school has also offered a position to Kristine Schuldt as the replacement for retiring band director Larry Wankel.  Schuldt has verbally committed to the position, Zimmerman said in a follow-up interview, but at press time did not have a signed contract. Zimmerman expects to have her under contract within “a week or two.”

The district office closed applications for an Activities Director/Student Success Coordinator on May 10, said Superintendent Mitch Anderson. The district received 55 applications for the position – more than the expected 30. Anderson and the administrative team will likely continue the hiring process with about nine of the applicants, he said. Of those, two or three might be invited back for a second round of interviews, depending on how the first round goes.

According to Anderson, the district received applications from multiple sources: internally, some from the community, and a handful from farther afield, such as Montana, California and New Mexico.

In other news, the board:

-Approved a plan of action for the high school boiler in the event of an emergency or necessary upgrade. Martin Mechanical was approved to resolve an issue should it arise in the future.

-Approved a measure to add Frazee to a co-op with Perham and New York Mills for girls’ swimming. According to Activities Director Fred Sailer, the move will result in a handful of extra students, but will not result in the co-op losing its Class A status.

-Approved an employment agreement for Jace Hennagir as Area Learning Center Director.  Hennagir will continue to teach Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon while taking on new administrative duties as the director.