Atlantic School Board approves Teacher contracts/Letters of Assignment


May 11th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Community School District’s Board of Education Tuesday approved contracts and/or Letters of Assignment for eight persons. They include:

Drew Duff, Schuler Elementary; Physical Ed/Health Instructor

Aaron Ehley, Atl. Middle School (AMS); Keyboarding/Tech/Financial literacy teacher

Beth Haupt, Pre-School Special Education Teacher

Marnie Leiferman, AMS Reading/English Instructor

Casey Pelzer, Summer Driver’s Ed instructor

Andrea Reilly, AMS Math/Science Teacher

Nicholas Ross, P-E/Social Studies Teacher/Asst. Varsity Football Coach

Tom McLaren, head freshman baseball coach, Summer 2011

In addition, Superintendent Mike Amstein recommended, and the Board approved, the hiring of Industrial Technology Instructor Roger Warne as the District Technology Coordinator. Warne will replace Dennis Andersen, who is retiring at the end of the school year. A few other positions remain open, while some shuffling of staff will fill others, including an Industrial Tech teaching position, and a Middle School Math position, for which there are a number of promising candidates, according to Amstein.

In addition, Ginger Bechtol will work over the Summer on a special project revamping the district’s website and making it more community and visitor friendly. The deadline for completion of the upgrade is August 1st.

Amstein said the district will need to add an additional kindergarten teacher’s position, because of an influx in enrollments during the 2011-2012 school year. He said they have 140 children entering the program, a number of which will be English Language Leaners (E-L-L), or those who speak little or no English. Amstein said the increase in kindergarteners is a “positive problem” for the district.

The new enrollment numbers he said, look to remain the same for the 2012-2013 school year as well.