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Tanya Fischer resigns as Hancock prekindergarten teacher

The Hancock School Board accepted the resignation of one more teacher at its meeting on Monday night. The letter of resignation came from pre-kindergarten teacher Tanya Fischer, who taught in Hancock for one year.

Fisher said that she had accepted a full-time first grade position at St. Mary's School in Morris for the 2010-2011 school year.

"I am very sad to leave, but this full-time position is a career goal of mine that I have been working toward for eight years," stated Fischer. "I will miss the staff, administration, the families and students of the Hancock School District very much. Working in the Hancock district has been the best teaching experience I have had. Thank you again for this opportunity."

Superintendent Jerry Martinson told the board that he has started advertising for the position. Martinson also presented two candidates to fill other teaching positions. The board approved a school counselor contract with Karla Cronen for half time. She is the wife of Justin Cronen, who recently became manager of Community Development Bank in Hancock. She has worked five years as a counselor at Henning so brings a great deal of experience to the position. She will also be teaching career counseling and doing academic counseling, perhaps working in a study skills session.

Martinson added that the district had interviewed three candidates for the secondary social studies teacher and he recommended hiring Tiffany Kobbermann. Tiffany worked as a student teacher under Matt Hone in 2005 and he gave her a good recommendation. She also brings some coaching experience, however, with four young children, has opted to not coach during these first few years. Her oldest will be in kindergarten in Hancock this fall. Tiffany and her family live in Clontarf.

Wrapping up most of the coaching positions for next year, the board approved Kirstin Thiel as assistant volleyball coach, Bridget Joos as junior high volleyball coach, Elizabeth Leuthy as JH girls basketball coach and Cory Bedel as JH football coach. The only coaching position not filled is track.

In other action, the board discussed the progress of summer work projects, specifically the boiler replacement. Martinson told the board that the work had been moving along nicely, but was currently on hold as they wait for the arrival of some parts. The asbestos work is complete and the old boilers have been removed.

In final action before a closed session to discuss the superintendent/principal contract, the board approved the fuel bid. Hancock Co-op was the only bidder at two cents per gallon less than pump price for regular and diesel.

The next regular board meeting will be held on Monday, July 19 at 7 p.m.