New director appointed to SH school board

JEWELL – Amber Van de Pol was sworn in as the new member of the board at a special meeting of the South Hamilton school board on Monday evening. Van de Pol, who resides in Stanhope, was appointed to finish out the final year of the term of Kempton Young, who resigned from the board last month. She represents director district 3.

There was also plenty of other business before the board on Monday, much of it focused on the search for a new superintendent to replace Tim Johnson, whose resignation is effective June 30. To date, 20 applications have been received. The board made plans for the superintendent search, discussing how best to screen and interview applicants and agreed that at this time in the school year time is of the essence.

Elementary principal Paul Hemphill urged the board not to delay the hiring process. “Contracts will be coming out in school districts around the state now,” he pointed out.

There will be three groups who will be included in interviewing candidates: administration, faculty and staff, and community and parents. The board is working toward holding those interviews in mid-May. Plans are to hold a closed session on the superintendent search after Monday’s regular board meeting.

Other personnel matters were also on Monday’s agenda. Lanny Schafroth, technology director, has submitted his resignation effective Wednesday. The board accepted the resignation, with board member casting a no vote. Schafroth’s contract ran through June 30. “I believe he should have stayed through the end of the school year,” Anderson stated.

Contracts were also approved for Bianca Bell, 7-12 science, and Lance Keller, high school business. Kathy Thelke, has been a shared position as middle school/high school family and consumer science instructor at South Hamilton and Northeast Hamilton this school year. Starting in the fall, she will teach only at South Hamilton, so the board approved offering her a contract for a full-time position.

Kirk Haugland was approved to be a volunteer boys golf coach.

Resignations approved were from Beth Heller, high school science, Deb Mesecher, food service, and Tami Schafroth, teacher aide. Vickie Anderson will transfer from an aide position to elementary library aide. Pam Krumm will transfer to the position Anderson is vacating.

In other personnel business on Monday, the board approved issuing contracts to teachers and support staff.