by Suzanne Vernon
For the Pathfinder
April 23, 1998
At their April board meeting, Swan Valley Elementary School trustees rehired all of their teachers for the 1998-99 school year, and then read two letters of resignation that had been submitted.
Music teacher Shirlie White, who has worked at the school for 12 years, has resigned. She notified the board that her family will be moving away from the area this summer. Her husband, Dan White, who is the principal at Seeley Lake Elementary, has accepted a job offer in Yakima, Washington. Earlier this month he notified the Seeley Lake school board that he will be resigning his position there.
Vonnie deKort, sixth grade teacher at Swan Elementary, also notified trustees that she will be resigning. She is getting married and moving to Kalispell. deKort has taught at Swan Elementary one year.
Trustees and teachers at the meeting noted that both White and deKort have been popular teachers, active in the community, and that they will both be missed.
In other business, the board canvassed the votes from the recent election. Dan Stone was re-elected as trustee, and voters passed the mill levy, which will be matched by the Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation.
Trustees agreed to begin work on the 1998-99 preliminary budget in May, and also to begin advertising for a music teacher and aide as soon as possible. The music program at Swan Elementary is funded by the Ortenberg Foundation. Trustees also agreed to discuss replacement of the sixth grade teacher during the preliminary budget process.
In other business, gym use and a proposed easement across school land were discussed. Trustees agreed that groups who rent the gym will be held responsible for any damages or extra clean-up costs incurred. Effective immediately, individuals who rent the gym will be asked to sign a form and take responsibility for a check-list of clean-up tasks.
Action on the proposed easment was tabled until May to give trustees time to contact insurance agents, an attorney and highway department personnel.