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Aides to replace librarian<br><br>

For the first time in many years, the Williams Unified School District will not have a fulltime librarian to oversee the district’s two libraries. The issue was discussed during the board’s regular meeting Aug. 13. Board members Albert “Bud” Parenteau, Sr. and Bruce Baker were absent.

Joan Hughes, WUSD Special Services Director, will be used as a technical resource for the libraries. Hughes is a certified media library specialist and has worked in that capacity in the past, said WUSD Superintendent Susan Scherz.

The board approved the hiring of Barbara Brunsing and Diana Scott. Brunsing will work at the Williams High School library as a library aide and part-time Power School technician. Scott will work at the Williams Elementary-Middle School library as that library’s aide.

The WHS library is 20 years behind the times and a change needs to be made. Librarians are no longer hired at most schools; instead, schools are hiring “library media specialists,” said WHS Principal Robert Kuhn.

In past years, the WUSD had a Power School technician employed fulltime. Administrators feel a fulltime Power School technician is no longer needed. As a result, Brunsing will oversee the WHS library in addition to serving as the district’s part-time Power School technician, said Kuhn.

“The high school students have moved away from the books and are now receiving most of the information they need on the Internet,” Kuhn said. “The person (Brunsing) we have hired is highly qualified.”

The decision to eliminate the librarian position was swayed by the district’s budget constraints for the 2003-2004 school year and will not be permanent, said WEMS Principal David Bowling.

The library media specialist position will be developed during the 2003-2004 school year. As a result, a librarian would not be effective under the current program, Bowling said.

Scott possesses a library science certificate and has worked in that capacity for another school district. For nine years, Scott used an older version of a computer program she will be using at the WEMS, said Hughes.

“She (Scott) has used the program before and is well acquainted with it,” said Hughes.

The only concern voiced from the audience came from first grade teacher April Dent.

“Before we had to share Nancy (Rowley) and Juanita (McFarland),” Dent said. “How will the materials we have laminated at the high school be transported to the elementary school?”

The only laminating machine is currently located at the high school. Administrators indicated a second machine might be purchased in the future.

Personnel issues

In other personnel issues, the board approved the hiring of Dan Barnes, Tamara Bloomberg, Gail Durnez, Patti Jackson, Diana Markham, Colleen Whitehurst, Lisa Zabala, Domenique Garcia, Joseph Fredrickson, Nelly Kalinchedova, Tim Kurtz, Earl Cundall, Patty Williams and Trudy Benzing as substitute teachers.

The board approved Tina McWilliams and Kristina Terry as special education aides. The board approved Gloria Avila and Sharon Hampton to work in the cafeteria.

The board approved the termination of Erik Pope as a computer technician and accepted the resignation of Carmen Stachon, high school cafeteria aide. The board approved the release of contract of WEMS Spanish teacher Margaret Ballenger.

The board approved the employment of Manuel Garcia as WEMS Spanish teacher; Wanda Gilmer, special education teacher; Larry Gutshall, WHS vocational education/technology teacher; and Kim Wawro, bus driver.

The board approved WEMS extra duty contracts for Scott Mayfield, assistant football coach; Sally Bond and Michelle Egan, soccer coaches; Sally Bond and Leslie Mitchell, student council co-sponsors; and Peggy McCahan, Special Olympics.

The board approved WHS extra duty addendums for Rick Shipley, head football coach; Edgar Brown, assistant football coach; Richard Cox, head junior varsity football coach; Nell Brown, football assistant; David Edgar, volleyball co-coach; Kristi Fredrickson, student council; Ann Wells, National Honor Society; Richard Dean, FBLA and publications; Jeanne Gillespie, Viking Grill and vocational director; Rick Shipley, athletic director, lunch intramurals and drivers’ education; Scott Grimes, band director; John Reilly, drivers’ education; Dan Ayub, Academic Decathlon; and Deniz Chavez, Special Olympics.

Ken Edes was approved as a volleyball co-coach. Board member David Nenne abstained from the vote.

The board approved the employment of special education paraprofessionals Debbie Allison, Christina Olenick, Maria Aguilar, Sharon Potter and Cynde Sevy.

The board approved the employment of Peggy McCahan as the district’s certified occupational therapy assistant. Also approved were the revisions to the occupational therapy contract with Rehab Therapy.

The board approved the change of status from instructional aide to paraprofessional for Patty Mayfield, Connie Greedy, Debbie Lillie and Rose Aguilar.

The next regular board meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 10. The place of the meeting will be determined at a later date.

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