WLSD talks resignations, early start

Jacob Lane · Thursday, April 4, 2013
The West Liberty School Board on Monday discussed teacher resignations and agreed to begin school early for the 2013-2014 school year.

The board accepted four resignations from the elementary school, effective at the end of this school year. Two teachers are retiring, while the other two are moving on to other teaching positions outside of West Liberty.

“I’m happy to say that due to this we won’t have to let anyone go in the elementary school,” said superintendent Steve Hanson.

According to Hanson, all teachers in the elementary building are guaranteed positions for the upcoming school year. However, the district is still forced to let go of a special education position in the high school.

Teachers who have submitted letters of resignation are: Nancy Ekwall, fourth-grade; Jan Wyatt, second-grade; Jenna Vislisel, first-grade; and Stacey Beeler, kindergarten.

The board also discussed the nuances of the 2013-2014 calendar. Most Iowa school districts feel the need to start early to ensure school ends at an appropriate time for the summer of 2014. The West Liberty School District will begin classes on Aug. 19, two weeks earlier than the typical start date.

The state is encouraging school districts to create stronger wording to justify the early start date in the event community members disagree. However, the West Liberty School Board didn’t see the need to do so.

In other news:

• The West Liberty Youth Dream Catchers will work with the United Action for Youth of Iowa City to start in-school mentoring for students.

• A Mexican folkloric dance troupe will visit West Liberty and perform at the high school for students on Friday and for the community on Saturday at 7 p.m.

• Students in the high school music program returned last week from a trip to Orlando, Fla.
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