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School board approves hiring orchestra teacher

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River Falls, 54022
Hudson Star Observer
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River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

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.

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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:

  • One full-time teacher at Rock Elementary.

  • One full-time teacher at North Hudson.

  • Two full-time teachers at Hudson Prairie.

  • One full-time orchestra teacher districtwide.

  • A half-time teacher for art, music and P.E.

    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 mheaton@rivertowns.net

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    Meg Heaton
    Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
    (715) 808-8604
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