Written by Devon Boen
The Wolf Point School board held its monthly meeting June 11 and approved purchases and new hires for the 2013-14 school year.
The board approved a $6,400 purchase for Compass Learning, educational software that helps guide teachers in their instruction and approach with students. Board chairman Martin DeWitt announced the school would be participating in the Success For All Leadership Conference. He said the Montana’s Striving Reader’s Grant would cover the $5,162.86 cost.
The board also approved salary changes for the administrative, non-unionized and board secretary positions for the 2013-14 school year.
Joe Paine told the board he and the Southside, Northside, and junior high principals wanted to adjust principal salaries so they were at an equal pay level. Currently, the junior high principal makes more than the Southside and Northside principals.
“We talked about making them all equal because they all do have liabilities and responsibilities. We met together as an administrative team and the Southside and Northside principals were in agreement to take on 12 additional supervisory duties at the Junior/Senior High School throughout the year along with the supervisory responsibilities of their own building,” Paine said.
The board approved making the three salaries equal.
In Kim Hank’s junior high report, she said 50 students were enrolled in summer school this year, by far the largest number she had ever seen.
“That’s a really great thing to see,” Hanks said. “It was pretty neat to see there was a line outside the door at 8 a.m. in the lobby. I think it’s neat to see kids that maybe didn’t make the greatest choices through the year, but are really trying to remedy those for themselves.”
New superintendent Joe Paine was approved as the authorized representative for all projects for next year. The board also moved to appoint Paine as the Title IX representative for the 2013-14 school year.
Board members approved ratifying changes to the WPESSA insurance negotiations and also approved the job descriptions for the JH/HS assistant principal, the head cook and the record- keeper/assistant cook.
The board approved hiring Eric Peterson for a traffic education position, Nancy Joscelyn for an independent contractor school psychologist services position, Melissa DeWitt for a junior/senior high school summer school position and Megan Helmer for an extended day contract SFA position.
It also approved releasing Dan Horsmon, a middle school science teacher, from his contract.