NEW KNOXVILLE – The New Knoxville Board of Education prepared for the new school year at their meeting Friday, Aug. 12, with the hiring of new personnel and preparations for a new school website. Also, the board heard about a ribbon cutting for the new gym.
New hires include Carrie Braun as a teacher, Kyle Prenger as a substitute teacher, Joanne Bambauer as a bus driver, David George as a van driver. Mike Schneider is the substitute van driver, while Dustin Knapke is both sub van driver and substitute bus driver. Tyler Sharp, Bonne Rismiller, Beck Dabbelt and Sondra Thatcher are all substitute bus drivers. Resignations accepted by the board were teacher Josh Lisi and Mike Sachneider as a regular bus driver.
The board consented to paying a quote of $12,370 to Apptegy to build a new school website. Superintendent and K-3 principal Kim Waterman said the new website will come with an app that allows communication for all sectors of the community, from teachers to students, the board to the community and parents as well. She said Apptegy is the same company that designed school websites for Minster and New Bremen. Further, she said the school would continue to use Facebook and Twitter to communicate with the community, but with the new website, messages from the school will be consolidated in one school site.
Ribbon-cutting for The Barn 2.0, the new $2,359,000 school gym, is set for Friday, Aug. 19, at 6 p.m. in the gym. Waterman said after a brief ceremony, they will serve refreshments. Then the students will be able to drop off their school supplies.
The board approved a quote of $97,834 for the purchase of a new 78 passenger International conventional school bus.
On the business consent agenda, the board approved Nickle’s Bakery as the 2022-23 bread supplier and Reinhard Dairy as the milk and juice suppliers. They also certified the New Knoxville schools were in compliance with the government nutrition standards. They approved the four bus routes as well as the impracticality of transportation for Ellia Stumpo to and from Sidney Lehman high school.
Mark Platfoot, grades 4 to 12 principal, told the board the orientation of the new teachers, Nicole Kirkpatrick, Leah Prenger and Carrie Braun was completed. Training for OTES new evaluator training and Math, Models and Reasoning also is done.
Enrollment at the district this year totals 388, up from 374 in 2021.
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