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Contracts approved for 2010-11

Staff writer

The USD 408 Board of education approved contracts Tuesday evening for all supplemental assignments after an executive session.

High school

Football: Head coach — Grant Thierolf; assistant coaches — Jerry Smith, Mark Meyer, and Shaun Craft.

Boys basketball: Head — Jeff McMillin; assistant — Terry Edwards.

Girls basketball: Head — Randy Savage; assistant — Steve Janzen.

Volleyball: Head — Jim Versch; assistant — Amanda McMillin.

Track: Head — Grant Thierolf; assistants — Deanna Thierolf, Charlotte Waner, Craft, Dick Schwartz, Rex Wilson, Smith, and Jeff McMillin.

Cross-country: Head — Bethany Carlson.

Cheerleader sponsor: Cooperative head — Susan Hall and Diane Jeffrey

Golf: Co-heads— Tod Gordon and Lee Leiker.

Softball: Head — Jill Hudson; assist ant — Chad Adkins.

Baseball: Head — Tyler Mermis; assistant — Mike Jeffrey.

Wrestling: Head — Chad Adkins; assistant — Lucas King.

Musical director: Janet Killough.

Vocal coach: David Clark.

Band: Adam Johnson.

Forensics: Killough.

Class sponsors: Senior — Myrta Billings and Gary Stuchlik; junior — Craft and Lori Kirkpatrick; sophomore — Don Molleker; freshman — Roger Schwab.

STUCO: Grant Thierolf and Jeff McMillin.

National Honor Society: Lisa Johnson.

FBLA: Jennifer Janzen

FCCLA: Billings

Key Club: Janice Waner

Scholars Bowl: Doug Vogel

Weight lifting: Grant Thierolf

Student manager: Versch

Intel: Versch

Hazardous Chemical: Bruce Rhodes

Middle School

Football: Head — Edwards; assist ant— Jason Hett.

Boys basketball: Head — Gary Hett; assistant — Jason Hett.

Girls basketball: Head — Cason Schmidt; assistant — Rebecca Hofer.

Volleyball: Head — Kris Burkholder; assistant — Michelle Adkins.

STUCO: Adkins

Yearbook: Missy Stubenhofer

In other business:

  • A sale of surplus items will be 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Marion Elementary School gym.
  • One of the older school buses will be sold to Burns Mennonite Church. With the reduction of a bus route, the school was left with two spare buses that are seldom used.

“There aren’t as many students in the country as there used to be,” USD 408 Superintendent Lee Leiker said.

  • Handbook changes were approved for middle school and the high school. Both schools added rules barring sexually explicit material and the taking and trading of sexual explicit pictures with cell phones.

“We’re probably going to see more of that,” Marion Middle School Principal Tod Gordon said.

Gordon added revisions to the MMS book to give other teachers the opportunity to oversee detentions during lunch hour or at the end of school. Gordon was the primary purveyor of detentions this past year.

Changes made in the high school handbook included students no longer being able to participate in after-school activities unless they attended a full day of school.

  • Saturday school was changed, allowing students less breaks. The class would be geared for students to make up schooling missed during the week. MHS Principal Brenda Odgers also added language to include school policy still applies to students participating in after school activities and that the school is not responsible for students off school grounds during school hours.
  • An activity account was added for MHS to separate the revenue from Mid-America Youth Basketball tournaments.
  • The board scheduled a special ann end of the school year meeting for 8 p.m. June 30.
  • Two potential days off were approved. If students meet the Average Yearly Progress in state assessment tests from this past year and the tests for the 2010-11 school year, they would not be required to attend classes Nov. 1 and the last day of school, May 24.
  • A contract with Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk, and Loyd was approved. The accounting team will perform a federal audit on the school July 12.
  • Math standards review is for students that have passed Algebra 1 and Geometry but still struggle on state assessment tests in math. Odgers asked whether the class should count for one of three essential math credits that all students need or if the class should count as an elective.

The board will make a decision at a future meeting.

  • The school traded in a new mower for a Hustler brand mower.
  • Deanna Thierolf will teach swim lessons this summer.

Last modified June 17, 2010