By LINDA LOBECK
KINGSFORD - A new high school science teacher has been hired by the Breitung Township School District Board of Education for the 2013-14 school year.
Brian Olson was approved by the school board to teach high school physics, biology and math during he upcoming school year.
According to Superintendent Craig Allen, Olson's work experience, credentials and instructional/technological skills make his an excellent addition to the Breitung Township Schools teaching staff.
"We are very pleased to have Brian as part of the Breitung Township Schools' team for the upcoming school year," Allen said.
Olson is a 1995 graduate of Kingsford High School and a 1999 graduate of Concordia University of Wisconsin with a bachelor of arts degree majoring in biology. He went on to earn a master's degree in math education from Western Governors University in 2011.
He and his wife, Kristi have two children, Isaac, age 8 ad Cassandra, age 5.
Prior to coming to Breitung Township School, Olson taught math and science the past six years at North Dickinson County School.
During the meeting, the board also heard a report from the finance committee concerning the fund balance, which was projected to be around $700,000. Allen said that they had used $300,000 of that balance this year, and by the end of the next year expect to have $500,000 or more in the fund.
"The board is committed to providing quality programs as well as functioning fiscally," Allen said.
Four years ago, the student count for the school district was 1,714 and most recently it was at 1,696. He noted that there was a slight increase in numbers from the fall count to February and they were not anticipating people moving out of the area. "We are basing our enrollment on next year similar to what we had this year. We are not expecting a big decline."
In other action, the board:
- Approved the tax rate resolution certifying 18 mills.
- Accepted the resignation of Kathy Stenlund as a Spanish teacher.
- Awarded the milk bid to Jilbert Dairy of Marquette.
Linda Lobeck's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.