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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune - Granite Falls, MN
  • YME looking at high number of staff changes

  • Four positions were terminated on top of seven resignations for various reasons.
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    The Monday night YME school board meeting saw an abundant amount of staffing changes, most of which came from resignations, all approved by the board.
    Four positions were terminated or had non-renewed contracts, including Elementary Art teacher Karrie Anderson, social studies teacher Randy Haakenson, HS English teacher Deidra Lecy and title teacher Danette Hendrickson
    “All of the [terminations] are because of liscensure or lack of funding, not because of performance,” Superintendent Al Stoeckman said. “In some of these cases, individuals can reapply.”
    Both Principals, Melissa Hesch and Michael Meihak, longtime ECFE Coordinator Helen Stukel, custodians Christina Kolbasuk and Keith Koerlin and Social Studies teacher Elaine Hauger all had their resignations approved.
    Jeff Iverson resigned as the One-Act Play Director, but will continue all his other duties as high school choir director.  
    The only hirings were Laurie Blue-Pooler as the long-term substitute for Helen Blue-Redner as the American Indian Liaison, Rob Miller as the JH softball coach and Pam Dahl as the halftime Spanish Instructor.
    Integration and Achievement Budget
    The Yellow Medicine East school board approved the budget for the Integration and Achievement Budget for the 2014-15 school year.
    The $115,264 budget followed requirements from the Minnesota State Department of Education included in the current achievement and integration statutes and involved a multi-facted approach, including college/career readiness and family engagement.
    “We need their help if we want this to work,” Integration Coordinator Robin Henderson about the push for more family engagement. “Post-secondary is possible if parents help at an early age.”
    One emphasis includes the integration of Ramp UP to Readiness, a school-wide guidance program to help students reach acadamic, admissions, career and financial readiness by graduation. Ramp-Up curriculum would encompass 28 lessons once a week during the advisory time.
    “It’s a competitive world out there,” Henderson said. “We have to set our expectations – and our bar – really high.”
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