HG School Board approves contracts for counselors, art teacher

Review Correspondent
by Steve Ottman

HOWARDS GROVE.The School Board approved the hiring of three new staff members for the 2017-18 school year at its monthly meeting June 19.

A teaching contract will be offered to David Hickman for high school counselor. Hickman will serve as a new addition to high school counseling staff.

Hickman has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor’s degree in social work from UW-Eau Claire.

He has experience as a job coach (helping at risk youth build skills needed to find job placement), a parent educator and a social worker for Rock County working with Child Protective Services.

“David comes highly recommended and we are very excited to be adding his skill set to our district’s pupil services department,” said Superintendent Chris Peterson.

Carissa Tumidajewicz will be offered a contract as a elementary school guidance counselor.

Tumidajewicz is a recent graduate from UW-Oshkosh with a master’s degree in professional counseling and a minor in school counseling.

She received an undergraduate degree in social welfare from UW-Madison.

“I’m very excited for Carissa to join the Northview family and I feel that she will be a tremendous asset to the community for many years,” Peterson commented. “She has an approachable and genuine personality that the kids and adults will be drawn to.”

Beth Held will be offered a 60 percent teaching contract as an art teacher at Northview. Held is very innovated individual with a student-centered drive.

At her previous school district, Held revamped the art curriculum to meet the national art standards.

“I feel that Beth is a very organized, knowledgeable and will be valuable member to the art education community,” remarked Peterson. “She will be a wonderful addition to the Northview family.”

The board members approved an offer to join the Wisconsin School Nutrition Purchasing Cooperative.

The board also approved updates to the school wellness policy as presented.

Peterson updated the board on the new auditorium construction project.

All markings have been completed with a silt fence installed. A chain link fence will be installed before construction begins to help with traffic flow from the high school to the athletic complex.

An updated floor plan will include a conference room and the supplier for the auditorium seats has been changed. The district will receive a top-end product for the same price as standard seating provided by the previous vendor.

The project is still under budget and has a tentative completion date of February, 2018.

Board President Kim Plass thanked the Millersville Recreation Department for donations for the recent golf and girls soccer team trips to state team completion.

A donation was received through a Kohler Foundation Grant for the Howards Grove Art Gallery project, part of the auditorium project.

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