Tonganoxie superintendent interviews set for next week

Discussion on fate of teacher's contract tabled until special Monday meeting

May 10, 2016

Tonganoxie USD 464 will go through its process of selecting a new superintendent next week, but also is expected to decide on a teacher contract.

The board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at Tonganoxie Middle School to select candidates to interview.

Meetings then will be 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, May 19 and possibly May 20 to conduct interviews.

May 23 will be the special meeting to select a new superintendent.

The board also voted, 5-2, at Monday’s meeting to table a decision on not renewing a teacher contract. The district did not specify the teacher, but the board met in executive session for 50 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel. Board Member Kaija Baldock requested that Tonganoxie Education Association co-presidents John Tollefson and Mike McClellan be included in the closed-door meetings.

Kris Grinter and Michelle McGhee voted against tabling the issue until Monday’s meeting.

Meetings next week will be at TMS, but meetings will return to Tonganoxie Elementary School after next week.

Hires, resignations approved

Tonganoxie had several resignations and work agreements approved at Monday’s meeting, including the head boys basketball coach and a counselor.

Resignations were approved for Jane Bennett, THS counselor; Becky Walters, Tonganoxie Elementary School counselor; Julie Price, TES student nutrition para-educator; Mark Richards, THS automotive teacher; Sally Ketchell, THS language arts teacher and THS class sponsor; Patrick Holton, THS industrial arts teacher, high school boys track assistant coach and THS cross country assistant coach; Tara George, THS family and consumer science teacher; Phil Jones, seventh-grade boys head coach; Christine Biel, THS Science Olympiad Sponsor; Shawn Phillips, THS head boys basketball coach; Norma Barger, TES special education para-educator; and Ashley Stockman, TES special education para-educator.

Work agreements were approved for Jean Wilson, THS sophomore class sponsor; Christine Janssen, TES cashier; Brittany Schuan, TMS math teacher; Matthew Christensen, THS language arts teacher; Shelby Bargmann, THS agriculture education teacher; Tara George, THS counselor; Marie Claire Boyts, TES first-grade teacher; Lauren Snyder, kindergarten teacher (filling new position); and Emily Dennis, fifth-grade teacher.

Internal transfers for Spencer Dale, from fifth to third grade, Kerry George from fifth to fourth grade, Tina Breedlove, from first to fifth grade, and Nikki Jones, from second to third grade, also were approved.

Termination of Diana Williams as van driver also was approved.

The items were approved by a 6-0 vote, with Bryan Kemp abstaining.

Kemp said after the meeting he abstained because the action items involved his daughter, Tara George.

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