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May 15, 2006

2006-07 budget approved for June 19 Annual Meeting
Community members will have an opportunity to vote on the district levy June 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Hamilton High School. The School Board approved a $42.3 million budget that is up 4.75 percent over the current budget. The local levy is expected to remain at $9.50 per $1,000 of property value. The budget was built using conservative assumptions that there will be no additional state aid and the property growth rate will increase 7.6 percent.

Eighteen employees, with combined service of more than 500 years to Hamilton School District students and community, will retiree at the end of the 2005-06 school year. School Board members recognized their outstanding contributions to the district and the field of education at the May 15 regular meeting by presenting them with a clock, citation from the state Legislature and a certificate from the Department of Public Instruction. Those who were recognized were:
Lannon: Judy Gurath – kindergarten teacher;
Maple Avenue: John Hoeppner – third grade teacher; John Janes – custodian; Rita Petchel – fourth grade teacher; Karen Steinman – learning disabilities teacher;
Marcy: Juliana Seboth – learning disabilities teacher;
Woodside: Christine C. Parrinello-Peterson – fourth grade teacher; Cynthia Piotrowski – fifth grade teacher; Judy Wroblewski – fourth grade teacher;
Templeton: Fran Birschbach – family & consumer education teacher; Arlyn Clarksen – technology education teacher; Randy Howard fitness education teacher;
Hamilton High School: David Furrer – principal; Caryl Klug – Spanish teacher; Larry Krueger – custodian; Jane Kyle – family & consumer education teacher; Mary Penn –learning disabilities teacher; and Alan Skell – art teacher.

Community Service Award given, students recognized
In addition to recognition of retirees, the School Board presented its annual Community Service Award to Pauline Haass Public Library Director Kathy Klager. Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D., said that Klager was deserving of the award because of the outstanding support the library provides to the district including providing a facility for student testing and tutoring, making the library collections available to students and staff for school projects and aligning library materials to the district curriculum. Cooke also thanked Klager for her membership on the various district and community committees.

The board also recognized students Stephanie Smith and Michael Alfano for being student board representatives in 2005-06.

Personnel business
In personnel business the School Board approved the hiring of Jay Jones as the district network engineer and computer support technician. The position description had been approved at the May 2 meeting.

In other personnel business, the School Board:

  • appointed Shannon Schlink as Hamilton learning disabilities teacher, Daniel Howard as Lannon fitness education teacher, Trisha Hanrahan as Woodside first grade teacher, Michelle Schultz as Maple Avenue fifth grade teacher, Jessica Cernoch as Templeton sixth grade teacher, Kathleen Dwyer as Templeton seventh grade teacher, Robert Heider as Woodside fifth grade teacher, Elizabeth Lodl as Woodside second grade teacher, Jessica Ronk as Hamilton science teacher, Jennifer THomas as Woodside third grade teacher; and
  • increased the contract of Woodside Early Mathematics Empowerment teacher Robyn Hassani from 40 percent to full time.