New Spanish teacher named; school seeks full-time math teacher

When the Minneota School District determined there was not enough interest for a Spanish teacher full time, Miranda Gravely sought full-time employment elsewhere.

As a result, Thursday night the school board officially hired Teresa Myhre as a Spanish teacher for the upcoming school year. She will be paid $20,000 for the 2018-2019 school year.

Myhre is a part-time teacher. Myhre has been a part-time Spanish teacher in the district in the past. “She will teach two hours and will help another hour, for a total of three hours per day,” said Supt. Deitte.

As for the math position, the death of family farm hand Tony Laleman, an apparent carbon monoxide poisoning victim, caused Minneota Math Teacher Emily Citterman to take a year off from teaching to help out on the family farm.

The Minneota School District has been advertising to fill a 7-12 Grade math position because of Citterman’s decision to return to the farm.

She was hired from the Ivanhoe School District just one year ago to replace Michael Bliss, who left for a job in the Kasson-Mantorville School District.

She’s been teaching junior high math in the Minneota School District.

In the past meeting, Citterman received high marks from the board and administration and she was tenured at a recent board meeting.

“It’s something we didn’t see coming so we couldn’t prepare for it for the future,” said Supt. Dan Deitte.

IN OTHER action the board:

•Approved the asbestos removal bids. All asbestos is gone.

Total of $82,700, which included a $10,000 additional cost not foreseen when the asbestos bid was originally taken.

•Enrollment ended at 528 students, about where it was all year. Last year, the district ended the year with 513 students.

•A new lunch program will allow students to use a “finger-tip system” for all their payment information at meal time.

•Seventy-seven percent of the teachers met their SMART Goal for the year. “We have high standards for making the SMART Goal,” said Supt. Deitte.

•Noted Jason Myhre will start as Activities Director/Outdoor Maintenance Manager on July 2. He is taking Matt Myrvik’s place.

His family is in the process of moving back to Minneota from Montgomery, where he has been the activities director for two years.

•Approved a fundraiser to refurbish the home dugout at KP Kompelien Field.

•Approved renting William Drown’s garage at $75 per month from July 1 to June 30, 2019.

Byron Higgin

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