LCS board OKs teacher associate contracts

Monday, September 19, 2022

LE MARS — The Le Mars Community Schools Board of Education approved 13 teacher associate positions and several coaching contracts, as well as three resignations at its Sept. 12 meeting.

Those submitting resignations were: Mackenzie Riemenschneider as a middle school teacher associate effective Aug. 18, 2022; Rhonda Taylor as a middle school teacher associate effective Aug. 17, 2022; and Megan Swanberg, as a high school teacher associate, effective Sept. 30.

Superintendent Dr. Steve Webner thanked the individuals for their time and what they have done in recommending the three resignations be approved.

Board President Angela Catton moved on to the list of contracts to be approved.

They include:

Kiara Chesteen, Kluckhohn teacher associate, 6.5 hours/day; $17.34 per hour;

Nicole Niehus, middle school teacher associate, 6.5 hours/day; $17.34 per hour;

Daniela Perez, Clark teacher associate, 6.5 hours/day; $17.34 per hour;

Kendra Timmerman, middle school teacher associate, 6.5 hours/day; $17.34/hour;

Jenny Schoenrock, Kluckhohn teacher associate, 6.5 hours/day; $17.34 per hour;

Connie Heissel, Franklin IMC associate, 6.5 hours/day; $18.10 per hour;

Justin Otto, middle school teacher associate, 6.5 hours/day; $17.34 per hour;

Carmen Elliott, Franklin teacher associate, 6.5 hours/day; $17.34 per hour;

Penny McBride, Kluckhohn teacher associate, 6.5 hours/day; $17.34 per hour;

Melissa Rubio, Kluckhohn teacher associate, 6.5 hours/day; $17.34 per hour;

Emma Wiederspan, Clark teacher associate, 2 days/week; 6.5 hours/day; $17.34/hr;

Lori Schlesser, Clark teacher associate, 3 days/week; 6.5 hours/day; $17.34/hour;

Noah Brazil, high school custodian, 8 hours/day; $18.11 per hour;

Trudy Timblin, marching band assistant, $4,081.50;

Ben Sitzmann, middle school wrestling coach, $2,857.05;

Justin Otto, assistant middle school wrestling coach, $2,448.90;

Brooke Harder, head softball coach, $6,122.25;

Jason Martin, assistant 8th grade boys basketball coach, $2,857.06;

Richard Hessenius, assistant girls wrestling coach, $4,897.80;

Malayna Hanks, Clark teacher associate, 32.5 hours/week, 6.5 hours/day; $17.34 per hour;

Kendall Candor, assistant baseball coach, $4,897.80.

Webner explained about the number of contracts.

“You can see the titles there, teacher associate, it’s been kind of a revolving door the past several years, people come and go quite a bit,” he said. “We are glad we are able to fill these spots. We are also adding some positions because of the increased needs within our special education population as well.”

He also pointed out the district is hiring its first assistant girls wrestling coach.

He continued, “Also, Brooke Harder will be the head softball coach for next year. In terms of softball, she has coached in Sioux City and in North Dakota and has done a very nice job where she has been.”

The board unanimously approved the resignations and contracts as listed.

The board also approved mentor contracts for the 2022-23 school year.

Mentors are Britney Kroeger, Danielle Heying, Sarah Wonders, Jill Rutledge, Melissa Hill, Matt Rosener, Nicole Mena, Amy Hogrefe, Jill Bomgaars, Rachel Harris and Kellie VanderWeerd.

Webner explained these contracts are for the Teacher Leadership Program, which the district has participated in since starting the program.

Each mentor receives $1,500.

“We do receive funds from the state to pay for teacher leadership contracts, so this is not coming out of the general fund,” he said. “These teachers mentor all the young teachers coming out of college for their first two years of teaching.”

Among their mentoring duties are having several co-teaching times during the school year, and offering help as needed to the new teachers.

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