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Boyceville schools need bus drivers

By LeAnn R. Ralph

BOYCEVLLE — The Boyceville School District is in desperate need of bus drivers.

“We are really, really short on bus drivers. We’ll just have to suffer through the next five weeks,” said Kevin Sipple, district administrator, at the Boyceville Board of Education’s Monday night meeting.

The school district had one particularly active substitute driver who drove buses for a variety of activities, he said.

The bus driver recently announced that he wanted to retire and left rather abruptly, Sipple said.

A second substitute driver is on medical leave until the end of the year, and that leaves the school district with only one substitute driver left, he said.

Sipple noted that he is working with neighboring school districts to get coverage when a driver is needed.

A new certification process for licensing bus drivers means that it is more difficult to get and retain bus drivers, he said.

Four or five potential bus drivers are working on their certification and will obtain their licenses over the summer, but those drivers will not be ready to drive before the end of the school year, Sipple said.

“If you hear of anyone or know of anyone who might be interested in being a bus driver, we’d like to hear from them,” he said.

Spanish teacher

Instead of the current 70 percent Spanish teacher, the Boyceville Board of Education has now hired a full-time Spanish teacher.

Steve Glocke, high school principal, reported that he had received three applications for the position.

“There is not a ton of Spanish teachers out there, but I was impressed with the quality of the applicants,” he said.

The teacher selected for the position has dual certification in Spanish and English, Glocke noted.

The Boyceville Board of Education voted unanimously to hire Lisa Zondlo as the full-time Spanish teacher.

Other business

In other business, the Boyceville Board of Education:

• Learned that during Educator Appreciation Week from May 5 through May 9, rolls, coffee, and juice will be available for the employees on the morning of May 7 from 7:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.

• Learned that an “Every 15 Minutes” activity will be held April 24. Every 15 minutes a teenager dies in a car accident. The Boyceville fire department and ambulance service will be doing a program. Student volunteers with faces whitened with makeup will go through the rest of the day without talking as a reminder of the number of teenagers killed in car accidents. The event will include a mock car crash, and a medical helicopter will be on the scene.

• Learned that the spring retirement banquet will be held April 30 at the Off Broadway Banquet Center, and the retirees who will be honored are Maribeth Ballard, elementary guidance counselor; Doug Siler, fleet mechanic; and Julie Siler, custodian at Tiffany Creek Elementary School.

• Learned that because of the inclement weather days this winter, the last day of school will be June 11.

• Accepted the resignation of Brad Erickson as the eighth grade football coach.

• Accepted the resignation of Troy Kuhn as the junior varsity boys basketball coach.

• Approved hiring Corrie Roemhild as the varsity volleyball coach.

• Approved hiring Angie Hellmann as the junior varsity volleyball coach.

• Approved a list of policy updates for a second reading. The policies that were updated included conflict of interest; employment of the district administrator; reading instructional goals and kindergarten assessment; school performance report; employment of professional staff; student supervision and welfare; weapons; family and medical leave of absence. The Board of Education also approved for a second reading policies dealing with a support staff employment contract; controlled substance and alcohol policy for employees who transport students; student supervision and welfare; family medical leave of absence; eligibility of resident and nonresident students; search and seizure in regard to students; weapons on the school property; facility security; public records; environmental health and safety program; emergency preparedness; and school visitors.