SYRACUSE – The Wawasee school board unanimously approved the hiring of Vince Beasley as Wawasee High School assistant principal at Wednesday night’s special meeting.
Beasley, a WHS Class of ’95 graduate, will receive administrator pay plus $4,000 extracurricular.
The board also hired other certified and support staff, filling openings before the start of classes Tuesday. Certified staff hirings were:
• Amanda Knipper to teach third grade at Syracuse Elementary.
• Cayle Woodard as half-time industrial tech teacher at Milford School.
• Kim McCreary as half-time robotic teacher for grades fifth through eighth at Milford.
• Deanna Cunningham to be a temporary third grade teacher at North Webster Elementary.
• Jason Scott as science teacher at Wawasee Middle School.
• Chad Hoffert to teach math at WMS.
• Diana Parker as Supervisor of Title I.
• Heidi Heinisch to extend her half-time instructional day at Milford to accommodate an extra eighth grade math class.
Support staff hirings were:
• Stephanie Johnson as Title I paraprofessional.
• Sue Ganshorn as the aquatics paraprofessional at WMS.
• Marcia Hill as regular bus driver for route #1.
• Lisa Briar to increase her weekly hours for second grade keyboarding skills and extra support with the special needs program at North Webster.
The board also accepted resignations from Kimberly Ellis Bestul, WMS science teacher; Lisa Becker, North Webster Title I paraprofessional; Theresa Watts, WHS special education paraprofessional; and Diane Perry, special services secretary at central office.
In other business, the board approved a change order for $8,905 for work at the high school including modifying exhaust duct work at the marine trades building, repairs to hinge pockets in gymnasium doors and upgrades to the auxiliary gym’s regular baskets to adjustable ones.
Superintendent Tom Edington explained that individual items would not exceed $5,000 – the amount that requires board approval – but they were grouped and needed the board’s OK.
He also informed the board that a mobile concession trailer built by students would be lent to Concord High School, which lost use of its outdoor facilities in a recent storm.