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School Board wraps up 2011-12 school year


The Petersburg Public Schools wrapped up the year with the last board meeting of 2011-12 on Tuesday.

“We have great kids, a great staff and everything is moving to a positive future for us,” Petersburg City School Superintendent Rob Thomason said. “Our library renovation is underway and the No Child Left Behind Grant has been submitted.”

Thomason explained there are a few minor edits to be made to the grant but otherwise it is in great shape.

The summer lunch program, which provides free lunch for kids up to 18 years of age, is in progress. “If the federal funding continues, we will make this program available next year as well,” Thomason said.

Three recommendations for personnel hires were made and approved during this meeting.

James Rodgers will be the special education teacher for the 2012-13 school year.

“He has substituted for us most of the year,” Thomason said. “He comes to us with eight years of experience and he came out on top of many applicants for the position.”

Cynthia Fry will come in as an alternative teacher for the 2012-13 school year. “Cynthia is currently with Tacoma, Wash. and is over a small program in a large district,” Thomason said. “She and her family already own property here and will move in the near future.”

Fry also comes to Petersburg City Schools as a Nationally Board Certified teacher. She will head the program for the alternative school. This program now has five to seven students, but it can accommodate up to 15. “This is a great opportunity to start a new program,” Petersburg Middle School and High School Principal Rick Dormer said. “She will be a wonderful addition to our faculty.”

Robyn Hagerman will take on a part-time payroll and accounts payable position.

“We feel she will do a wonderful job in this position,” Director of Finance Karen Quitslund said. “She brings a lot of experience with her to this job.”

The Petersburg Children’s Center, Eagle’s Nest, has been using a room in the elementary school for the last year as a test to see if the space fits the needs of Eagle’s Nest.

“The program has worked out great,” Thomason said. “They will now use this space for the 2012-13 school year and pay rent of $300 per month. This makes us the epitome of a community school and it is a wonderful addition for us.”


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