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Trustees To Interview Superintendent Candidates

The Wolf Point School board made the decision during its meeting on Monday, Nov. 14, to interview two superintendent candidates.

The Montana School Board Association presented the school board with three applicants. One of the candidates didn’t meet the minimum requirements listed for the position.

Trustees selected Dec. 1 as the date to conduct interviews. Candidates include current Poplar assistant junior high principal and former Wolf Point junior high school principal Greg Gourneau and a current superintendent with a doctorate degree from Arizona.

Also during the meeting, trustees approved using ESSER funds for a bus barn expansion, HVAC upgrades, Southside/Northside network improvements and high school weight room expansion.

The school district entered an alternate project delivery contract in conjunction with McKinstry Engineering.

Acting superintendent Kim Hanks is in the process of developing a federally required survey and planning a required community meeting for the school district’s safe return to school and continuity of services plan.

Trustees approved the hiring of Jenice Olyete as attendance secretary and Dezi Adams, Andrea Baker, Rain Turcotte and Dorian Talks Different as staff for the PAX implementation program. Extra-curricular hires were Frank Benson as activity bus driver, Lori Sande as assistant speech and drama coach, Martin Weeks as assistant boys’ basketball coach and Amanda Campbell as Lil Wolves boys’ basketball coach.

Aaron “Scott” Edmundson resigned for IT systems support.

An memorandum of understanding was approved regarding provisional and emergency certified teachers. The decision requires instructors to become certified teachers within three years.

“We need certified teachers and this will help that along,” Hanks said.

During reports, Hanks said that the high school and junior high school had 44 percent attendance for parent/teacher conferences. The number is the best in many years. Hanks thanked the team of teachers who worked on new ideas for the conferences.

Southside Elementary School Principal Tara Thomas said that she has contacted every family with attendance of 70 percent or lower to determine the barriers of their children not attending.

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