School begins search for new shop teacher

By Kay Braddock 

With the open junior high and high school shop teaching position posted on two Web sites since February 9, the Terry School District is hoping to fill the spot before the end of the school year, according to Terry Schools Superintendent Casey Klasna. 
Discussion on filling the position and options the school district may take regarding the drivers education course previously taught by former shop teacher Casey Schladweiler, who resigned earlier this month, topped Tuesday night’s school board agenda.
“If we get a nice pool of applicants, we’ll start the interview process as soon as possible,” Klasna said Tuesday morning before the meeting.
About 10 students were scheduled to begin drivers education classes next month, but with Schladweiler gone and no other teacher having the requirements needed to teach the course, school officials are weighing their options on the best course of action to take.
One option includes students fulfilling the classroom portion of the drivers course through an ITV link with the Wibaux School District. School officials from Wibaux are checking with the Office of Public Instruction to see if an ITV link would be allowed. If so the class would be held on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.
But regardless of OPI’s decision, the driving portion of the class won’t likely be offered by the Terry School District until late summer. 
Several teachers have expressed interest in taking the summer course required to teach the driving class, but so far no one has been selected, Klasna said.
The four week teachers course in Havre is held in July.
Other agenda items for Tuesday night’s meeting included a change in the school’s dress code and options for next year’s middle school classroom schedule. 
The dress code proposal, presented by Klasna, would prohibit students from wearing sweat pants and pajama bottoms at school. The proposal is required to go through a second reading before the board can make the policy change. 
With an expected combined class of 27 5th and 6th graders for next year, school officials are determining whether another teacher could be hired or if next year’s sixth graders should be put into a middle school setting, which would mean a variety of teachers would come to their class, rather than one home teacher. 
The school Spelling Bee will be held the week of March 7, Klasna noted. Students in grades 5 through 8 participate in the annual event.
Board members also participated in a training session Tuesday night regarding school finances. The power point presentation was given by the business manager from the Lewistown School District.

Published Feb. 23, 2011

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