Published On: Thu, May 11th, 2017

New Principal, teacher hired for LCC schools

LAUREL — Two positions were filled during Monday’s Laurel-Concord-Coleridge School board meeting, although it is uncertain just what duties these two new employees will undertake.
Contracts for one teacher and for a member of the administrative staff were approved although it is uncertain what the new certified staff member will teach or which position the new principal will fill.
Paige Parsons, who is currently a teacher at Coon Rapids, Iowa, was hired as a principal for LCC School.
Even though there is a vacancy in the Middle School, due to the resignation previously submitted by Tim Vanderheiden, it will be determined at a later date if Parsons will take on the responsibilities of the high school, middle school or elementary school.
The decision, which will be made by Supt. Randall Klooz, does not require board approval.
“The best match for the school system could be to move the principals to different positions,” Klooz said.
Klooz had already spoken to Jay Vance, High School Principal and Heath Johnson, Elementary Principal about the possibility of a switch in responsibilities.
“They have both agreed to this,” Klooz said.
Parsons’ contract is contingent on the proper certification.
Her salary was set at $70,000, with the benefits for certified staff. She will also receive $1,000 for moving expenses.
Kate Victor, who has an endorsement for middle school, was hired as an instructor for the LCC School district.
This will be Victor’s first year of teaching. She knows the school well, as she is a Laurel-Concord High School graduate.
“She would be a good candidate for language arts,” Klooz said.
Klooz is also looking at moving some of the current teachers at the school into new teaching positions.
“These were both very good candidates,” Klooz said.
Construction is still underway in the Community Learning Center/Library.
“I want everyone to know the library will not be done by the date for the high school graduation,” Klooz said. “Some people have heard that it would be done.”
Board members also took action on signage that will be used at the two school locations and placed their approval on a bid for construction that will take care of the drainage issues behind the school building in Laurel.
Klooz had asked Dan Rosenthal, with REGA Engineering Group, to review the two bids that had been received and go over the bids with the board members during the meeting.
“I asked Dan to be here and walk through this with us. One of the bids is a lot lower than the other bid,” Klooz said.
“The one bid would provide a huge savings. It is a lot lower but we have gone through all of the figures and it will address all of the drainage issues,” Rosenthal said.
Board members voted to approve the bid submitted by Detlefsen Construction, Laurel, that came in at $119,500. This was  close to half of the amount of the other bid.
Robert Colwell said he was happy the board had not rushed into making a decision on the final selection during the bid process.
“I am glad we were patient with this,” Colwell said.
Board members also approved the purchase of two new signs for the LCC School: one sign will be placed at the back of the school building in Laurel and the other sign in front of the school building in Coleridge.
The signs will include the name of the school and be the same size.
The total cost for two signs was right at $6,090.
High School Principal Jay Vance talked about the ACT and NeSA testing that was recently completed. This was the first year the state mandated the ACT test be used for measuring students’ academic success. The test was done on-line by LCC students.
“The juniors took the ACT test on-line. There were just a few minor things that we had to deal with,” Vance said.