As we prepare for students to return in the fall, we are very busy hiring vacant positions in the District. In the July School Board meeting, we will propose the hiring of Kevin Orton as the Business Administrator replacing Lark Reynolds. Michelle Keefe interviewed and accepted the 1st/2nd grade teaching position at Escalante Elementary; this creates a teacher opening at Bryce Valley Elementary for a 1st grade teacher. Bryce Valley Elementary will also be interviewing for the secretary position due to the vacancy left by Annie Eldredge. Cindy Sanchez will be the new head teacher at Boulder Elementary. The hiring committee selected Eugene King for the half-day science teacher, half-day administrator at Escalante High School. They will also fill a math teaching position due to the vacancy left by Amanda Johnson. Panguitch High is advertising the science teacher position, as Mr. Chad Reeder accepted a position elsewhere. This position is advertised as a half-math and a half-science teacher. Panguitch High will also hire an English teacher for two periods per day that will be paid out of School Land Trust monies. Panguitch Elementary will also be hiring a full-time teacher paid out of their School Land Trust monies. Over forty Para educators have been offered positions in the District for the upcoming school year. As you can see, we have moved forward with replacing vacant positions but we still have several positions to fill before school begins. As a side note, to provide a voice for the public on the selection process and interviews, we have included individuals from the communities to be involved with the hiring process. We will keep you posted of future hires in the District.
–Superintendent Ben Dalton