With the first day of the 2013-14 school year in the books, personnel changes were still under way during the Adams Central Board of Education meeting this week.
Four resignations were accepted by the ACBOE, including that of middle school/high school art teacher Kelley Rubin. Rubin did not specify her reasons for resigning, but said she has enjoyed her time at AC and will miss both the students and the staff.
Effective August 24, Speech-Language Pathologist Nicole Wingate will no longer be a school employee. Wingate said she has been given the opportunity to further her career by returning to take classes to become a board certified behavior analyst.
Special education aide Andrea Gerig submitted her resignation after being offered a position at Bellmont High School. Gerig said that she will miss the AC staff and students, but that she feels the position at Bellmont is the best decision for her family.
Custodian Amy Breauchy also submitted her resignation. Breuchy accepted a position at South Adams as a special education aide.
All resignations were accepted by the board 7-0.
New employees joining the AC staff include Elizabeth Fieldhouse as middle/high school art teacher. Fieldhouse graduated first in her class from IPFW and completed her student teaching at Homestead High School and Holland Elementary School.
Jacob Barse was hired as a Title One assistant in the elementary school. Barse is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University with a Bachelor of Elementary Education degree. He has worked as a paraprofessional for James R. Watson Elementary School in Auburn, supporting fourth and fifth grade students with math and writing.
He also provided leadership for the YMCA after school program at Waterloo Elementary.
Shelby McDonald was hired as a special education assistant in the elementary school. McDonald has worked as a substitute teacher and aide at AC and completed her internship with Vikki Minger during the 2012-13 school year.
Ron Payne was hired as the extra-curricular activities interpreter. Payne is currently an interpreter for a student at AC and is an employee of Adams-Wells Cooperative. That student is now involved in extra curricular activities and Superintendent Mike Pettibone said it is the responsibility of the school to provide an interpreter for extra-curricular events.
Ayron Oliver was hired as a special education assistant in the elementary. Oliver is a recent graduate of Ivy Tech Community College with an Associates of Science degree in elementary education. Oliver has also worked as a substitute teacher and aide at AC.
Lori Fiechter will replace as a part-time Spanish and part-time middle school Title One teacher. Fiechter was a part-time Spanish teacher at AC during the 2012-13 school year. Pettibone said the school was able to add part-time Title One positions for the 2013-14 year, moving Fiechter from a part-time to full-time position by taking on the Title One role.
Katie Schnitz was added as a special education assistant in the elementary. Schnitz is a licensed practical nurse and is certified in both CPR and first aid. She has worked at Swiss Village Nursing Home and other medical offices.
Natalie Clark was hired as a part-time special education assistant in the elementary. Clark has been a bus driver with AC and a frequent substitute teacher at the school.
Deanna McClure was added to replace Julie Beer while Beer is on maternity leave. Beer is currently at the school and will take her leave as her due date approaches. McClure is a licensed math teacher with experience and has served as a maternity leave replacement for Title One at the middle school in the past.
Carol Fuelling was named as a high school special education aide for the first semester of the 2012-13 school year to replace Kristie Schlemmer, who will be on maternity leave. Fuelling worked at AC for several years as a middle school special education aide before retiring two years ago and has been a substitute several times since her retirement.
In July, bus driver Rhonda Prichard resigned her position. Special education bus driver Jody Chaires chose to shift positions and take over Prichard's bus route. Chaires has been a full-time driver with AC for 19 years.
The transfer created an opening for a special needs route driver, and Sherri Moon was chosen to replace Chaires. Moon has been a substitute driver at AC for six years and has 12 years experience working with special need students as a classroom and bus aide.
Joan Eyanson was hired to replace to Moon as the aide on the special education route. Eyanson has worked as a substitute bus aide for two years.
All hiring action was approved by the board 7-0.