VC School Board to Hire Full-Time Activities Director

The Valley City Public School District will soon hire a full-time activities director for its junior/senior high schools. During its regular meeting on Monday, the VCPS School Board voted to hire an activities director to oversee all athletic and non-athletic activities beginning the 2013-2014 school year. Currently, the activities director position is a part-time position held by junior high principal Dan Larson. The school district sponsors 17 different athletic activities in grades seven through 12 and nine non-athletic activities.

The new position will be an administrative position and will not require teaching or other administrative duties according to superintendent Dean Koppelman.

“The position of grades seven through 12 principal calls for one person. It’s quite a job in itself,” said Koppelman later. “The job of activities director calls for one person because it’s a monster of a position.”

The new activities director should hold a master’s degree in education leadership. The will pay from $70,000 to $80,000 per year for a 10.5-month contract and will begin in August. The board voted to begin advertising for the position. The application deadline is Friday, March 1.
The board agreed the job description for the activities director needed to be updated. The board approved a first reading, and will address changes at its next regular meeting.

The board also approved hiring Lindsey Yanish as the new full-time art teacher for Washington and Jefferson Elementary Schools. Yanish, who was a part-time art teacher, will replace Valerie Anderson who will be released from her contract as of Feb. 4.

The board approved authorizing up to $75,000 for summer maintenance projects. Unlike large projects in the previous years. Koppelman said the big project this summer will be to replace stair treads in all of the buildings. He hoped to keep summer maintenance costs low this year so next year money will be available to re-vamp the heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems in the junior/senior high building.

Koppelman addressed the school board regarding safety and security at all of the district’s schools. Koppelman explained that each of the schools were meeting with police chief Fred Thompson to discuss each school’s security plans and what changes he would recommend. After each school has met with Thompson, the larger group will meet with the school board to discuss recommendations.

Koppelman pointed out to the board that it doesn’t have to accept recommendations.

Koppelman also informed the board that the school will host the first public legislative forum on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the lobby of the Hi-Liner Activity Center from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. before the 11 a.m. basketball game. The public is invited to visit with local legislators and ask questions.