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Reception planned for Hebnes',
board serches for replacement

June 15, 2000
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana

by Karen Lyncon
For the Pathfinder

The first topic of business for the Board of Education of the Seeley Lake Elementary School at its June 13th meeting concerned the selection of a new district superintendent to replace John Hebnes who is retiring June 30th.

Board members approved an applicant screening form that includes questions on an applicant's education; training; and their experience in supervising employees, preparing budgets, and working with the community. Board members will review the applications for superintendent and grade them on these and other factors.

The district has received more than 10 complete applications for the job. The Board will meet in special session on Tuesday, June 20th to review their screening forms and to select 3 to 4 applicants for interviews. Hebnes will do an extensive check of each interviewee's credentials and references prior to the interviews to make sure that candidates are qualified for the job.

Interviews will be held on June 27th, 28th, and 29th at special Board of Education meetings beginning each evening at 6 pm at the elementary school. The public is invited to attend the interviews. Notices of the meetings and interviews will be posted at the elementary school. The Board hopes to announce its selection in July.

The Board will host a farewell reception for John and Fran Hebnes on Monday, June 26th from 6 to 8 pm at the elementary school.

In other personnel business before the Board at its June 13th meeting, Superintendent Hebnes announced that Kris Johnson will begin a half-time assignment in the kindergarten along with her half-time work in the library when school reopens in the fall. Kathleen Thompson will move to the second grade classroom, and Linda Bowers will work with the multi-age class. A position in the junior high is open and being advertised.

The board also reviewed presentations of the status of federal grants, the school's insurance policy, individual transportation contracts, and the free and reduced cost lunch program. Hebnes announced that next year children in the pre-school program will be eligible for the lunch program.

The preliminary budget for the 2000-2001 year was discussed. Loren Rose and Mark Williams, Board members, focused on several budget line items, stating that they wanted the budget to accurately reflect the uses of the funds. The final budget will be presented in August for review and approval.

School Board members also discussed the possible use of a portion of the community park for skateboarding. All members were enthusiastic about including a skateboard area in the park's master plan.

"Who's liable?' asked Vicki Jardine, Board member. She requested that school administrators ask the insurance carriers how the school could cover liability if people used the area for skateboarding.

Members attending the June 13th meeting include Bart Peterson, Chair; Loren Rose; Vicki Jardine; Pam Pitman; and Mark Williams. The next regular school board meeting is scheduled for July 11th at 6:00 p.m. at the elementary school.

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