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BOYCEVILLE — Members of Boyceville’s Board of Education met some of the district’s new staff members at its August 16 regular session held at Tiffany Creek Elementary’s Media Center.
Five new staff, some familiar faces in district, were introduced to the board at the meeting.
Sarah Stainer, a Menomonie native and recent UW-Stout graduate who student taught in Boyceville this past spring and served as an assistant coach for the Bulldogs’ softball teams, will be teaching second grade at TCE.
Lifelong Boyceville area resident and BHS graduate Mary Larson will serve as a special education paraprofessional at Tiffany Creek Elementary.
Ron Cipriano returns to the Boyceville Community School District as a special education teacher with a focus on the fifth and sixth grades and will serve as the CPI (Crisis Prevention) trainer for the district.
Jennifer (Jenna) Bialik will become the speech and language therapist for students in fourth through 12th grades. Bialik is the wife of fifth-grade teacher Jacob Peterson.
Finally, Kristen Pease, who hails from the Rochester, MN area, made her introduction to board members telling then that she will be working as a special education teacher in kindergarten and first grade.
Superintendent Nick Kaiser said that district’s other new hires would be attending the September meeting which will return to the high school/middle school IMC.
The board also welcomed new TCE principal Jerim DesJarlais, who along with high school/middle school principal, Patrick Gretzlock, highlighted some of the changes and updates to their respective schools’ student handbooks for the 2023-24 school year.
In personnel matters, the board approved Matt Leach as a middle school football coach replacing Derrick Retz who resigned.
Christina Lange, who has been a full-time special education paraprofessional for the district, was hired as a special education teacher. Kaiser noted that Lange would be using the Wisconsin DPI’s Pathway to Licensure, which offers multiple pathways to meet the requirements to become a Wisconsin licensed teacher, pupil services professional, or administrator, to complete her special education certification.
In his report to the board, Gretzlock stated that Anitra Kaczamarski had been hired as the business and marketing teacher. The position opened up in late July when Jacob Maes accepted a similar position with the Glenwood City School District. According to Gretzlock, Kaczamarski holds dual certification in business and marketing which he said should be invaluable in rejuvenating the program and growing student interest.
In its final order of business before adjourning into closed session, the board accepted a $1,440 grant from the Everwood Farmstead Foundation. The money will be used to purchase two quint toms (drum sets) and a harmony director for the district’s music program.