Coaching changes key River Valley meeting

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

CORRECTIONVILLE - A busy agenda kept the River Valley Board of Education and administrators hard at the tasks at hand during the regularly-scheduled meeting here on March 18.

Major among many actions undertaken by the Board was the approval of several coaching contracts, and the resignations of two coaches.

The Board approved contracts for assistant baseball coach Tucker Baumann, assistant softball coach Emily Dvorak, and boys and girls varsity golf coach Matt Jenness. Kent Bass remains head baseball coach for the Wolverines.

The Board also approved the resignation of Erica Slota as assistant softball coach and then named her head softball coach for the Wolverines. She replaces Dean Norris at that position.

The RV Board approved the resignation of girls varsity basketball coach Terry Jensen, and also approved his resignation from the Board of Education, effective March 31. Jensen is leaving the area.

The Board will now appoint someone to fill out the school year, while seeking someone to run for the one year remaining on Jensen's three-year term.

River Valley basketball cheerleading coach Susan Fleming's resignation also was accepted by the Board.

In other action, Rex Hawkins was approved as Driver education instructor for 2008. He is a River Valley teacher and will instruct one Driver Education class in June.

No action was taken on a parent's request for the district to look into possible high school wrestling sharing with a neighboring district.

After a presentation by Superintendent Julie DeStigter, the Board also discussed a plan for replacement of the portable classrooms at Correctionville. There are "issues" with the two portables, according to DeStigter, who espouses the possibility of a new portable. The Board and administration will continue to explore the issue.

DeStigter and business manager Cindy Dittmer also presented the Board with budget projections for 2008-2009 that was taken under consideration.

During the Open Forum portion of the public meeting, the Board viewed a slide show from 4th-grade teacher Sarah King about a 4th-grade trip to the Washington Science Pavilion in Sioux Fallls, S.D.

In action prior to the regular-scheduled meeting, the Board also received the River Valley Education Association's opening contract proposal, and approved the 2008-2009 school calendar after nobody showed to comment at the scheduled 6:45 p.m. Public Hearing.

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