Dist. 518 board approves joint task forceWORTHINGTON — The District 518 Board of Education on Tuesday voted to form a joint task force with the city of Worthington to deal with recreational areas of interest to both entities — notably tennis courts and softball fields in the city and Pleasant Park.
By: Laura Grevas, Worthington Daily Globe
WORTHINGTON — The District 518 Board of Education on Tuesday voted to form a joint task force with the city of Worthington to deal with recreational areas of interest to both entities — notably tennis courts and softball fields in the city and Pleasant Park.
The task force will be composed of city council members and school board members Bob Jirele and Brad Shaffer, and could also include representatives of other groups.
Committee members will aim to improve the properties in question — “to take a look at what we could do together that would benefit everyone,” said school board member Linden Olson.
The measure came in response to the city council’s decision at its May 26 meeting to work with the school district in an effort to continue leasing district-owned land at Pleasant Park.
In other business, the board on Tuesday:
- Approved the hiring of an additional kindergarten teacher and paraprofessional.
- Approved a first reading of a revision to the student handbook that states eighth- and ninth-graders wishing to play at a Varsity level must follow the district’s acceleration procedure unless a Junior Varsity program were to be established.
- Approved a proposal for the Federal Refugee Grant.
- Approved the retirement of Barb Adams as paraprofessional at Worthington High School; approved the resignation of Mike Traphagen as head boys and girls cross-country coach, co-head track coach and ninth grade boys basketball coach; the resignation of Phyllis Brink as paraprofessional at Prairie Elementary; and the resignation of Jill Bents as social worker with special programs.
- Approved the employment of Zachary Dingmann as fifth grade teacher at Prairie, Cindy Dekker as cook at WHS, Laura Vanderveen as assistant head cook at WHS, Pat Dagget as cook at Prairie, Cory Smidt as track coach at Worthington Middle School, Jessica Hogan as track coach at WMS, Megan Nagel as language arts teacher at the Area Learning Center, Kathryn Milbrandt as special education teacher at Prairie; Valerie Rossow as English as a Second Language teacher at Prairie, Becky Duehn as kindergarten teacher at Prairie, Marguerite Riemersma as cook at WHS, Julia Kutzbach as kindergarten teacher at Prairie, and of Linnay Yarger as agriculture teacher at WHS.