HOWARD — Two East Knox eighth-graders, Amber Farmer and Miriah Stahl, were special speakers at Wednesday’s meeting of the East Knox school board.
They and their classmates are the first “class” which has attended the middle school from grade five through grade eight. Amber and Miriah thanked the board and the community for building the middle school. They said the experience has been a positive one. The duo concluded with a musical number to show their appreciation that the high school music teacher is able to also teach some classes at the middle school.
The rest of the meeting, treasurer Jessi Busenburg told the News on Thursday, was largely routine.
Regarding personnel, the board granted the retirement requests of EMIS/Testing coordinator Pam Fogle, effective June 1, cafeteria worker Gwen Dugan, effective Aug. 1 and school nurse Denise Campbell, effective June 1. Fogle and Dugan have served the district for 21 years and Campbell for 12. The board also accepted the resignation of bus driver Don Woods, effective April 13. Carmenza Gutierrez was employed as a long-term substitute for a staff member going on maternity leave, and extended service days were approved for Derick Busenburg for athletics and for Elizabeth Clark concerning career-based intervention. Clark’s costs will be reimbursed by the Knox County Career Center.
The board renewed a number of teaching and non-teaching contracts for the 2012-13 school year, and issued continuing contracts to elementary teachers Kelly Kidwell and Jamie Taylor. The board approved summer school personnel, hired Donna Little as a substitute school nurse, effective this month, and issued several supplemental contracts for fall sports.