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Board reviews projects, coaching positions

PRINCETON — Just one month into summer, the Princeton High School Board of Education is gearing up for the start of the new school year with personnel decisions and summer project updates.

At Monday’s board meeting, Superintendent Kirk Haring said the Building and Grounds summer projects are progressing well and he’s optimistic all projects will be completed before the start of school. Rock removal has begun on the roof of the Prouty gymnasium, to be followed by roof work on the south gymnasium. Tuckpointing work continues to move forward. The interior summer cleaning and painting work is also moving forward. He’s pleased with the work being done by the contractors and the school crews, the superintendent said.

In other Building and Grounds updates, Haring said the district has learned it will receive a $50,000 school maintenance grant which will be used for the outdoor bleacher project at the football field/track. The board expects to go out for bids for that project in early 2014, with the project to be done next summer.

Looking ahead to the 2013-14 school year, the board unanimously agreed to follow Haring’s recommended to keep all student fees the same as they were last year, except for consumable items like workbooks and other items which the students retain after a course is completed. Breakfast, lunch, ala carte and adult prices will remain the same as the 2012-13 year.

At its Monday meeting, the board also took action to hire fall head coaching staff as follows: Abby Cochran, poms; Emily Moats, cheer; Pat Hodge, cross country; Duane Price, boys golf; Will Gross, head girls golf or assistant; Andy Puck, volleyball; Jason Bird, boys soccer; Jesse Snyder, football; and Connie Lind, girls tennis.

The board also hired the following assistant coaches: Joann Bowman, cross country; Eric Tinley, volleyball; Rod Jaggers, boys soccer; Steve Amy, Tim Ciesielski, Dan Foes, Rob Jensen and Randy Swinford, football; and Beth Peacock, girls tennis.

The board also approved the appointments of the following volunteer assistant coaching positions: David Gray and Wyatt Lind, boys soccer; and Garrett Youngren, football.

The teaching positions are all filled for the coming year, Haring said Tuesday.

In still other personnel action at Monday’s meeting, the board approved Haring’s recommendation to give non-certified staff a wage increase for the 2013-14 year averaging 3 percent. Haring expressed his appreciation for the non-certified staff and the work they do for the district.

The board also accepted the resignation of science teacher Pam Byrne, effective June 2017.

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