Published On: Thu, May 16th, 2013

Board hires new Principal to replace Zellmer

COLERIDGE — Action on hiring a new High School Principal and a new math teacher was taken during the joint Laurel-Concord and Coleridge School Board meeting Monday evening.

Jay Vance will step in and fill the vacancy that was created when Principal Adam Zellmer turned in his resignation.

“He has some very big shoes to fill. He has already been in contact with Mr. Zellmer and will continue to stay in touch,” said Supt. Randy Klooz. “This will be a good hire for the school system.”

Vance is currently teaching math at Papillion-LaVista High School South.

Vance’s official starting date is Aug. 1 according to Klooz.

L-C board members also gave their approval on hiring math teacher Alex McKamy.

McKamy lives in Concord and is currently doing his student teaching at Winside.

“He will be a good fit for the Math Department,” Klooz said.

Community Meetings to give the public a chance to discuss the reorganization of the Laurel-Concord and Coleridge School districts were a big topic of discussion. Meetings will be held in Laurel and Coleridge Thursday, May 30.

“We will meet in Laurel first and then come up to Coleridge. It is the opposite order of the last Community Meetings that were held,” Klooz said.

Board members agreed to allow one and one-half hours for the meetings at each location.

Marsha Herring, from the Nebraska Association of School Boards (NASB) will meet with board members to discuss and answer any questions on reorganization of the districts ahead of the Community Meetings.

“She has worked with other schools that have reorganized,” Klooz said.

Klooz noted it will be good to hear what Herring has to say about consolidation. She will also be able to answer any questions and give direction.

“I feel the schools’ structure is working very well. The teachers are doing a good job — the kids are receiving a good education. The partnership is working,” Klooz said. “Board members from both schools have said they are committed to work on this together. I know there have been some hard discussions at times but the two districts continue to take steps to work together.”


L-C and Coleridge School Districts have been sharing services for over 10 years.

L-C board members will meet to make the official decision on the colors and logo to be used in the gym floor and bleacher project.

“The decision has to be made before June 5,” Klooz said.

Elementary Principal Stephanie Petersen informed the board that 36 students will be attending kindergarten next year.

“The pre-school is already full for the next year,” Petersen said.

Surveys are completed each year by the fourth grade students who will be attending Middle School next year.

“It helps prepare the students for the Middle School and answer any questions they may have,” Petersen said.

Surveys are done with all of the students at the Middle School in order to obtain their input.

Coleridge School Board members took action to advance Martha Meier on the salary scale as she has completed the necessary education.

Meier teaches Spanish at the Middle School.

The classes she has taken support the area in which she teaches according to Holcomb.

“You cannot take random classes and move up on the salary scale,” Holcomb said.