U234 Prepares For School Year

Ted Hessong. Submitted photo.

Preparations are being made for the next school year at USD 234, Fort Scott.

Among items on the USD 234 Board of Education on July 13 was a decision to keep the academic calendar the same as last year.

“The academic calendar is the same as it was last school year,” Ted Hessong, the superintendent, said in an email. ” At this time, we have not made any alterations to the academic calendar due to the pandemic.”

An additional nurse was added for duties at Fort Scott High School.

“The need for a fourth nurse has been a concern for the district to cover the high school,” Hessong said. “With the pandemic, the district made the commitment, working with Community Health Center, to add a fourth nurse for the high school.”

There have not been official decisions concerning the opening of school in the district, Hessong said.

“At this time we have not made any official decisions related to the opening of school buildings in August,” he said. “The district is working on alternate plans to possibly implement to ensure the safety of our students and staff.”

Here is the list of new teachers for the 2020-2021 school year in the district.

Larry Amer will teach high school art, Kaitlin Arnold will teach first grade at Winfield Scott Elementary School, Carissa Bowman will teach high school family and consumer science,  Breann Eden will teach art at Winfield Scott Elementary School,  Clint Heffern will teach high school social studies, Paulette Howard will teach gifted education, Danny Larsen will teach physical education at Eugene Ware Elementary School,  Melissa Miller will be the elementary instructional coach,  Shelly Sanborn will teach middle school special education, Torrie Singmaster will teach first grade at Winfield Scott Elementary School, Courtenay Slinkard will teach high school  English, Dalaina Smith is the director of academics,  Kate Sweyko is the high school special education teacher,  Reyna Valenzuela will teach high school English, Alexandra VanSickle will teach first grade at Winfield Scott Elementary School.
The board accepted the resignation of Kirstie Cox as Winfield Scott second grade teacher, Abigail Helt as the high school/middle school chorus teacher,  Jeanise Malone as central office accounts payable secretary,  Michelle Johnson as a Eugene Ware paraprofessional, Angela Christy as a Winfield Scott paraprofessional, Stacey Gingrich as a gifted paraprofessional and Bud Hall as a bus driver.

Linda Minor, Winfield Scott transferred from first-grade teacher to second-grade.

Krista Gorman, high school/middle school instructional coach’s contract was adjusted from 90% to 100% for the 2020-21 school year.

Breann Eden, Winfield Scott art teacher, was granted a leave of absence.

Harleigh Lowry was hired as a Winfield Scott 6.5-hour cook for the 2020-21 school year.

Reemployment for the school year: Beth Alexander as a Winfield Scott Focus Room teacher,  Jered McKay as a Eugene Ware Behavior Specialist, and Daniel Long, as a high school paraprofessional.

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