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Building Plans Tabled, Football Coaching Candidates Interviewed at USD 407 BOE Meeting

USD 407 BOEPlans to build a new Kindergarten through Eighth Grade facility in Russell were tabled and four men were interviewed for the currently vacant Russell High School Head Football Coaching position at the June regular monthly meeting of the USD 407 Board of Education on Monday.

As facility utility costs continue to strain the USD 407 budget, the discussion of building a new, more encompassing K-8 facility near RHS has begun to garner more interest lately amongst the community and school board. In talking with engineers and architects over the last several months, Superintendent Dave Couch reported Monday that just the shell of a new school building that would house Russell Kindergarten through Eighth Grade students would cost anywhere from $25 to $30 million.

Couch says the Board decided Monday to table any action, take a step back and look more into how much it would cost to update the current school buildings so they would be more efficient and meet current codes.

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The meeting, which ran late into the evening, involved several executive sessions for the aforementioned interviews and staffing discussions as well. Boyd Hutchinson, Chuck Bisbee, Jeff Brull and Dave Oste were interviewed in executive session as head football coaching candidates at the high school. No action was taken following those interviews.

A discussion was also held detailing the possibility of a district sponsored day care that would serve children of USD 407 staff and faculty members.

Couch says the Board did not take any action on this item as well, citing the need for more information about how it would affect other private day cares.

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Updates on the final 2012-2013 budget were also presented and a brief discussion of financial projections for next year was held, where Couch explained the base state aid per pupil will remain the same for the next two years.

Resignations announced at Monday's meeting included Natalie Beagley as dance team sponsor, Jon Granberry as a third grade teacher, Melissa Granberry as assistant volleyball and assistant girls basketball, Bonnie Neal as a cook and Trevor Siebert as a math teacher.

New contracts announced included new RHS Science Teacher Eric Beckman, Special Education Secretary at the Central Office Andrea Cross, Shawn Denton as new RHS English teacher, Krystle Roe as Principal's Secretary at Bickerdyke Elementary School, Marcey Schmidtberger as a teacher in the early childhood special education services, a new Kindergarten Teacher Brenda Schilde and Special Education Para Jayson Peetzke.

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