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Kayla Nohl hired as Hancock preschool/kindergarten teacher

The Hancock school board approved a contract for a new preschool/kindergarten teacher at their June 11 meeting along with filling some coaching positions. However, they are still looking to fill the Physical Education and Health position and need at least one head coach for the 2012-2013 school year. A resignation was also accepted and will need to be filled for the next year.

The board approved Kayla Nohl as the preschool/kindergarten teacher. Kayla, and her husband Brian, will be moving back to the area soon from Wheaton. Also approved was Kirstin Thiel as the assistant volleyball coach and Dylan Reese as the junior high basketball coach. The head track coach position is still open.

Five candidates were interviewed for the PhyEd and Health position but some accepted other jobs and others withdrew their applications. The position will be re-opened to accept more applications and hopefully be filled before the start of the school year.

The board accepted with regret the resignation of Judy Johnson as custodian. This job will also be advertised with interviews as soon as possible.

Business Professional organization

Amy Dougherty gave a presentation to the board members about a new extra-curricular activity she would like to establish at the school. Business Professionals of America is a business club organized to compete in a variety of business events. The club helps prepare students for a wide variety of business settings, increases professionalism and symbolizes pride in our country and its free enterprise business system.

Dougherty explained that the club members would compete in over 70 subjects at contests. The contest are held primarily in January. It is a chance to compete in areas that the students are good at and for some, may be similar to things they are competing in through FFA. She has found about 40 Hancock students who have expressed an interest in the club and she would be willing to serve as the adviser.

The board members expressed their approval for the new club which will probably be set up this fall at the school.

Other business

* The board received two proposals from Mark Leighton for insurance coverage and opted to increase the coverage to better define the value of the buildings.

* The board was presented with an update of summer work projects which included the completion of tile replacement on the ramp and painting in the gym. Work has been finished in the high school classrooms where the fifth and sixth grades will move for next year. Volunteers are needed to help paint some of the areas that were patched or rebuilt.

* Board members were presented with a schedule for future bus replacement listing the year of the bus and current mileage. The board members may be needing to replace a bus every three years and a van every four years. This was changed from the four year turn-around for buses because another route was added a few years ago.