School board okays early retirements, fills vacancy

The Greene County Schools board of education last week approved the applications of four employees for voluntary retirement at the end of the school year.

Included are teacher Tony Beger, assistant business manager Colleen Guillman, elementary secretary Pam Thomsen and elementary custodian Beth DeMoss.

The board placed commendations for all four in the official meeting minutes. Beger was recognized for 28 years of service to the East Greene and Greene County districts as a business education teacher. Guillman was recognized for 21 years of service to the Jefferson, Jefferson-Scranton and Greene County districts as business manager and assistant business manager. Thomsen was recognized for 30 years of service to the Jefferson, J-S and Greene County districts as a media associate and elementary secretary, and DeMoss was recognized for 26 years of service as a custodian in the Jefferson, J-S and Greene County districts.

The payout of incentives allowed in the early retirement policy for the four totals $83,009. The incentive for 2016 is capped at $200,000, with the deadline for applications set as Feb. 10.

At the outset of the meeting the board appointed Mike Dennhardt of Rippey to the vacancy on the board created by the resignation of Susan Burkett last month. Dennhardt was not at the meeting. He will be sworn in at the board’s regular meeting Feb. 17. He will serve until the regular school election in September 2017.

The board also got a first look at a proposed calendar for 2016-17. Superintendent Tim Christensen said he had shared the calendar with staff for comments and would possibly revise the calendar depending on those comments. The item was informational for the board; no action was taken.

The proposed calendar sets Wednesday, Aug. 24 as the first attendance day and Friday, May 26, 2017, as the last. The Christmas break would begin at the end of the school day Thursday, Dec. 22. Students would return to school Tuesday, Jan. 3. The calendar includes a week long break March 13-17.



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