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School Board Continues Search For Teachers

The Culbertson School board of trustees held their regularly scheduled, monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m. in its usual location in the school’s cafeteria.
Dave Solem reported to the board that the academic/athletic banquet is slated for Monday, May 20, in the school’s cafeteria. Principal Mike Olson gave the technology report, noting that he has began the technology budget planning and should present the board with it at the May meeting.
The school also began switching from Microsoft Word 2010 to 2019. Olson reached out to a representative from Microsoft to assist in the transition.
Olson is also gathering up teachers with an interest in joining the technology committee meeting where the tech plan will be updated.
The high school prom was held March 30 at the old Armory with over 40 couples in attendance.
At the time of the meeting, the school had only received one applicant for its open teaching positions, according to superintendent Larry Crowder. He planned to attend the Montana State University teacher fair in Bozeman on Wednesday, April 24, where he hoped to meet more applicants.
The Small Rural School Achievement Grant was submitted April 3. This federal grant helps the school purchase technology such as iPads, Chromebooks and more.
Tim Tharp was recommended to the board to be hired as a substitute activity bus driver. Tharp currently is the activity bus driver for Savage Public School and has been a substitute driver for Bainville Public School this year. Since he already passed a background check and possessed all credentials necessary to drive a passenger bus, the board approved his hire.
Letters of resignation, effective at the end of this fiscal school year, were received by the board from Lana Hekkel, K-12 music teacher and high school choir instructor, as well as Mrs. Ashley Copple, junior high English and math teacher.
Pam Welch was approved to be offered a contract for the K-12 art teaching position.
Kyler Kempton, Hunter Lucas, Michael Pederson, Zach O’Neill, Teri George and Dave Solem were approved as summer employment staff.
Wendy Nickoloff and Theresa McDonald were hired for summer computer cleaning.