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Board To Interview Superintendent Candidates

The Wolf Point School board will interview two candidates for its superintendent position Wednesday, May 17.

The candidates are David Perkins, who has experience as superintendent with Custer Public Schools, and Rodney Simpson, who has been Deer Lodge’s superintendent.

During the school board meeting on May 8, trustee Roxanne Gourneau urged for interviews to take place as soon as possible. Trustee Keith Higgins agreed with the comment.

Also during the meeting on May 8, trustees unanimously approved extra-curricular hires. Head coaches rehired included Anthony Red Cloud for football, Karli McGowan for volleyball, Stacey Summers for cross country, Jacob Boysun for speech and drama, Scott Vandall for wrestling, Frank Benson for girls’ basketball and Cole Hanks for boys’ basketball. Eric Peterson was rehired as activities director.

Staff hired were Rain Escarcega-Turcotte as Northside dean of students, Sheryl Dulohan as Southside teacher, Mailyn Madrigal as Northside teacher and Alvin Padilla as Southside teacher.

Resignations or retirements were accepted from Martin Toavs as agricultural education teacher, Hannah Struttmann as Southside teacher, Daniel Horsmon as business teacher and Lynelle Garfield as cheer coach.

The school district moved ahead with a design build contract with McKinstry. The projects include $370,000 for HVAC at Northside, $190,000 for window replacement at Northside, $210,000 for HVAC at Southside, and $315,000 for HVAC at middle school and high school.

Trustees approved contracts for law service and pest control services Trustees approved a threeyear agreement for a cooperative sponsorship of activities for football with Frazer High School and Lustre Christian High School.

During reports, activities director Eric Peterson noted the major need for surface repairs on the track and tennis courts. He said he doesn’t know how much the city will help pay for tennis court improvement.

Southside School principal Tara Thomas reported that first-grade students are especially struggling with reading testing. The school is providing attendance incentives, because one of the biggest factors to a student’s success is attendance.

Trustee Roxanne Gourneau asked about challenges that students are experiencing as far as learning.

“As a community, we want them to do better,” Gourneau said.

Thomas said some students are just dropped off by parents and don’t have much learning at home. She said families need to be taught how to actually talk with their children. HeadStart education could be very beneficial.

Karge said reading scores used to be good in Wolf Point and can be a positive area again.

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