Breitung schools address staff vacancies


KINGSFORD — The Breitung Township Schools Board has filled or reorganized staff for several vacancies, including naming longtime athletic director Al Unger as the new assistant principal at Kingsford High School.

Unger had been athletic director for 15 years. His new post takes effect July 1.

Other moves include:

— Justin Cowen, classroom technology integration specialist, will become the Woodland Elementary assistant principal.

— Lisa Swanson will be the new STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics — teacher at Woodland Elementary.

— Mary Brown has been hired as Woodland Elementary teacher.

Woodland still needs at least one additional teacher and the board needs to hire a part-time secretary, an educational assistant and a three-hour woodshop instructor.

The board also accepted Rick Cavalieri’s retirement as middle school special education teacher. That job will be posted.

Mary Oberthaler resigned as senior class advisor and Heather Novara as high school yearbook advisor.

District resident Steve Terrian told the board he hopes to continue discussions on a self-funded junior varsity softball team due to the number of girls that want to play.

“I’m bringing this to your attention now so that you know we are interested in bringing this forward again next year,” Terrian said. “There was a question of procedure. I understand there may be some changes in the organization of the high school and the athletic department. As soon as we know who the new athletic director is going to be, we will approach them and go through the committees, but we are willing to support a JV softball program again for next year.”

In other business, the board:

— Accepted a $101,700 bid from Automatic Comfort Controls of Appleton, Wis., for new temperature controls and ventilators.

— Shifted the July 8 board meeting to July 15.

— Adopted on second reading the new and revised BTS and NEOLA bylaws and policies, which can be read on the Breitung Township school web page, http://www.kingsford.org.