The Broken Bow Board of Education met for its regular monthly meeting Monday, in what could be called a bittersweet evening. It was the first official meeting under new Superintendent Mark Sievering following the departure of two-year interim superintendent, Dr. Virginia Moon.
The board approved the hiring of three new teachers to fill vacancies, in part, left by the tragic loss of Zane Harvey and Anthony Blum. High School/ Middle School Principal Ken Kujath says he feels very blessed to have found such quality candidates for the district this late in the year.
The teachers approved for contracts are: Heather Zaruba, secondary English, at step 7; Patti Puls, secondary business and FBLA, at step 9; and J.D. Furrow, secondary math, at step 9.
Kujath says the teaching and coaching replacements are two separate things. “My top priority was finding teachers,” he explained.
All three teachers came highly recommended and were unanimously approved by the board. A special Business After Hours will be hosted by the school Aug. 17 at Huckleberry’s Hideout, where the public will have an opportunity to meet Mr. Sievering and the new teachers.
Sievering thanked the board for their confidence in him and says he is looking very forward to the new school year.
“Somebody asked my wife and me if we went home for the 4th of July, and we said we are home,” said Sievering.
Ken Myers updated the board on the progress of some of the building projects in the district. The house which sat on the recently purchased property east of the practice field has been removed and the parking lot finished, adding 20 extra parking spaces at the high school.. Myers also says the North Park project is coming along a little faster that projected, with the crew planning to pour footings late this week.
Elementary Principal Kim Jonas gave an update on the summer feeding program. Custer School is averaging more than 80 meals each day, with a couple of the local day care centers also taking advantage of the program. Jonas also reported that 55 children have registered for the summer pre-kindergarten program, which began this week.
The board gave annual approval to all of the district’s handbooks, and approved Harding & Shultz as legal counsel for Broken Bow Schools.
The next meeting of the board will be Aug. 20 at 7 p.m.