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No staff cuts at PHS

PRINCETON — Princeton High School Board took several personnel actions at Wednesday’s meeting, but none of them dealt with reducing the number of staff for next year.

“I’m very happy to announce we will not be making any reductions,” Superintendent Kirk Haring said.

Instead, the PHS Board approved rehiring five non-tenured teachers for the coming school year, including Tim Ciesielski, as an industrial arts teacher; Brandon Crawford, choral and instrumental music; Emily Happ, family and consumer science teacher; and Rob Jackson and Duane Price, both in the English Department. Crawford has been with PHS for three years, Ciesielski and Happ for two years, and Jackson and Price for one year each. Tenure is based upon the completion of four years of service.

On Thursday, Haring talked about PHS being in a financial position so Reduction In Force (RIF) action has been avoided.

“The board of education has over the years made difficult decisions that have put PHS in a position to weather the challenging financial times facing the state,” Haring said. “Also, our tax base is slightly larger (than the Princeton Elementary School District) because of Malden.”

Malden has its own elementary district, but its high school students go to PHS.

In other personnel action at Wednesday’s meeting, the board rehired tenured teachers Margaret DeVenney in business and computer science, and Shawn Yepsen, math. The board appointed Kevin Bauer as a softball volunteer coach.

In other business at Wednesday’s meeting, the board approved bids for summer projects to complete needed roofing and masonry work, but decided to not go forward with planned summer projects to replace the bleachers at the track/ football field as well as some other general work.

Haring said seven bids were received for the roofing work on the Prouty and south gymnasiums. The board approved the low bid of $534,500 from Olsson Roofing of Aurora. Eight bids were received for the masonry work. The board approved the low bid of $97,400 from Garneau Construction of the Normal area.

Haring said the district received only a few bids for the new bleachers work and general construction projects. The district’s engineer has recommended re-bidding those projects. The board agreed to rebid those projects next January with the work to be completed during the 2014 summer.

Also, the board recognized Emma Reidner, Skylar Coffin, Courtney Webb, Lindsay Bickett, Kiley Korey and Taylor Smith as PHS Students of the Month for March.

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