Staffing changes were approved during the regular meeting of the Milbank School District Board of Education Monday, March 13. “We have some disappointing and unexpected resignations this year,” said Graf. “But we wish them all well in their future endeavors.”
Shelly Loehrer submitted her resignation as kindergarten teacher at Koch Elementary. “We thank Shelly for her service to the district and her dedication to students and her profession,” said Graf. “She is resigning for health reasons, so we wish her the best.”
Lindsey Keller resigned her position as a first grade teacher at Koch School to focus her energy on her family and her growing business – Urban Threads. Nancy Nelson is retiring from her position as a paraprofessional at Koch Elementary. She has been an employee since 1997. “Nancy has been a reliable and dependable employee for many years,” said Graf. “We wish her well in her retirement.” Emily Brandt also submitted her resignation as a middle school paraprofessional – a position she has held since August 2012.
Three resignations were submitted from the athletic department. Troy Gauer resigned as assistant football coach, Rick Swenson resigned as C team boys basketball coach, and Jolene Rick resigned as C team volleyball coach.
Jason Karels was approved as the new building trades instructor; Caitlyn Graf was hired as a full-time high school math instructor. “The position was opened to internal candidates, and Caitlyn was the only candidate that applied,” said Superintendent Tim Graf.
The final approval of Adolph Shepardson as the new athletic director was given. “Adolph has already spent time in the district getting to know the routines and staff. We look forward to working with him until the start of the school year,” Graf said. John Trevett’s position as the pole vault coach for the track and field team was also approved.
The board also approved declaring a list of Chromebooks as surplus property. “This is the first batch of Chromebooks that have cycled through,” Graf stated. “There is not a lot of value to them, but Mr. Perrion found an organization to purchase them at $50 each.”
The next regular meeting of the school board is Monday, April 10, at 7 p.m. in the central office board room.