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Preliminary operating budget, four new teachers on board of education agenda Monday night

File photo.
File photo. Chelsea Board of Education Administrative offices.

The Chelsea Board of Education is expected to discuss its 2013-1014 preliminary operating budget as well as hiring four more teachers — an art teacher for the high school, a special education teacher at North Creek and two new fifth-grade teachers at South Meadows — on Monday, June 24 at its regular meeting.

With Kerry Kargel‘s retirement, Georgia Rutherford of Madison, Wis., was recommended over 38 outside applicants for consideration as a new art teacher at the high school. The recent EMU graduate is already a familiar face at the high school as she completed her student teaching under Kargel last winter.

She has been a fine arts camp director at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp for the last two summers and received “a University Fellowship Award from EMU for her work in the undergraduate art symposium,” according to a memo from Julie Deppner, executive director of instruction.

Brittney Sleicher of Westville, IND., is being recommended as a special education teacher at North Creek. The position became available when Stacy Charlton took a leave of absence. Twenty-six outside candidates applied for the position.

Sleicher is a 2012 graduate of Western Michigan University and worked in the Chelsea schools as a long-term substitute.

“She is very knowledgeable in early childhood/emergent skills and has an enthusiastic personality and demonstrates a strong commitment  to helping student be successful,” according to a memo from Deppner.

Both Teddi Ewing and Andrea Hollandsworth have been recommended to the Board of Education as fifth-grade teachers at South Meadows.

Two fifth grade positions opened up when Stacie Battaglia was named principal at South Meadows and an additional fifth-grade section for added for the upcoming school year.

They were chosen from a pool of 357 external applicants.

Ewing of Ann Arbor is a graduate of the University of Michigan and completed her student teaching at Pierce Lake Elementary in 2010. She teach in Kansas for two years and was a kindergarten teacher in Milan. Due to budget cuts, she was laid off this spring, according to a memo from Deppner.

“Teddi’s enthusiasm, personality and team-player mentality will make her a perfect addition to the staff at South Meadows,” Deppner said in a memo.

Hollandsworth of Chelsea, is a 2012 graduate of Western Michigan University and completed her student teaching at Cornerstone Elementary in Dexter. She was a long-term substitute parapro at South Meadows during the 2012-13 school year. She also graduated from Chelsea High School in 2008 and coached both Chelsea High School basketball and softball teams.

“Annie’s enthusiasm, love of children and passion for all things Chelsea will make her an asset to the staff at South Meadows,” Deppner’s memo states.

Among the other agenda items for consideration by the Board of Education are the approval of changes in student handbooks for all the schools, and the acceptance of a donation from the Chelsea Kiwanis Club for the Community Education Preschool Program.

The Board of Education meets at the Washington Street Education Center in the board room at 6 p.m.

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