School board approves hiring orchestra teacher
Along with other staffing requests, the Hudson Board of Education approved one full-time teacher for the district's new orchestra program at a special board meeting last Thursday. The program will begin this fall at the fourth- and fifth-grade level.
The approval of the staff position was the last step in making the orchestra program a reality.
Director of Personnel Bob Benoy said the staff requests for the upcoming school year were based on actual enrollment as of the current year and on this spring's kindergarten round-up numbers. Benoy said while the district anticipates more students moving into the district, they were not a part of the staffing requests before the board.
The staffing requests were approved unanimously and came with the recommendation of the board's personnel committee. They include:
Total cost for 5.5 teachers - $286,110.
Additional teaching time will also be added at the secondary level for middle school German and high school Spanish. A half-time teacher will also be added for the new Freshman Year Initiative class for a total cost of $34,853.
To meet the needs in special education next year, the district will add the equivalent of another half-time teacher at a cost of $40,715. Additional support staff requests across the district in the amount of $86,423 were also approved.
The total cost of staff requests approved for the upcoming year is $448,101, which includes both salary and benefits.
The board also heard a report from Director of Instructional Services Dr. Chuck Sambs on the district's physical education program in kindergarten-grade 12 and approved the school psychologist agreement with the River Falls School District to share services.
For more information about the staffing requests, contact Benoy at (715) 386-4903.
Meg Heaton can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org