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2 teachers hired to fill WMRSD elementary school vacancies

June 18, 2014
WHITEFIELD — The WMRSD school board accepted two resignations at its June 9 meeting: Choral Music Teacher Kate Richardson Sorochak resigned from her part-time position as of July 1, and Heather Stewart, longtime English-as-a-Second-Language teacher at WES and WMRHS, resigned as of June 30.

Stewart was hired to fill the post of library-media specialist at WES at an annual salary of $43,500, Step 10-MA.

SAU #36 Interim Superintendent Dr. Harry Fensom said on Saturday that he had not yet decided whether or not to fill this vacancy.

The board approved the Life Skills Program curriculum from West Virginia and the instructional program, "Unique," that were presented to the board at its May 27 meeting to conform to its newly adopted policy that now guides proposed curriculum changes.

The board also approved the transfer of monies from the District-Wide Road Maintenance and Paving Capital Reserve Fund (CRF) on a split vote, with four voting "yes," and Jim Brady, "no," with both Randy Boggess and Peter Riviere abstaining.

The board approved the process recommended for Computer Leasing as well as for WMRHS painting.

The board also approved a request to allow no-longer-needed textbooks to be discarded and-or sold.

At its May 27 meeting, the board approved hiring Chris Easton as the District's new technology-engineering-research teacher at LES at an annual salary of $33,019, Step 0-MA. This new hire, who has served as a substitute teacher this year, returns the District to its prior practice of having two "tech ed" teachers at the middle-school level: one at LES; the other at WES.

The curriculum is now undergoing a close review to align it with the state's Core Curriculum and to respond to the state's call for a greater emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) topics in order to ensure that the Granite State workforce will be able to meet its future requirements.

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