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PC school board approves personnel changes

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High-school band performs for board

By TRISTA LUTGRING
Lifestyle Editor

LEOPOLD – Board members of the Perry Central School board had only a few items on their agenda for their December meeting held Dec. 10 in the high school library.

One of the first actions members voted on was changes to the schools’ personnel. The board accepted the resignations of Latasha Harrison as day-care assistant and Dawn Poole as instructional assistant. They also approved Sean Risse – who had completed his student teaching at Perry Central – to fill in during maternity leave for teacher Sarah Spindler and to be the eighth- period assistant.
Seth Clark recommended the board hire Carrie Guilliaume as an ag teacher beginning Dec. 12. Ray James recommended the board employ Robin Novak as a part-time instructional assistant and Brandi Cummins as an elementary office and daycare assistant. The board voted to accept the recommendations and hire all the new personnel pending criminal- background checks.
In her highlights to the school board, schools assistant superintendent Tara Bi-shop introduced members of the Perry Central High School band, which performed two selections for the board and others present at the meeting.
“They’ve done a great job this year,” Band Director Andrea Clark told members. “They took home a lot of trophies this year, and worked really hard to try to get the numbers up.”
The two selections the students played were “On a Cold Winter’s Night” and “The Ukrainian Bell Carol.”
Clark also pointed out that some band members were missing that evening due to different reasons and that a few of the seventh- grade band students were among the ranks to help out.
In her comments to the board, Schools Superintendent Mary Roberson thanked the band members and Clark for her work.
She also made mention to the board that band member and student, Tyler Cundiff, who is currently battling leukemia, had been contacted by the Make A Wish organization.
“His wish is to have improvements to our band. It tears me up to talk about this,” she said, doing just that. “He doesn’t want to go to Disney World or want anything for himself. Every time he says it, I just think he’s such a good kid.”
The details weren’t set yet, but Roberson said foundation representatives would be at the school Jan. 3 to discuss the details.
In other business, the board decided to table a decision on accepting a heating, ventilating and air-conditioning maintenance contract.
“The original proposal was for six months, but we really think we may need to go for a year (-long contract),” board president Larry James said.
He added the board felt more facts needed to be gathered and discussed before bids could be turned in for the contract.
“I’d like to thank these guys,” James said to HV/AC members present at the meeting. “I apologize again for tabling the issue … but we did feel like it needed to be discussed a little more.”
The board’s next meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14.