EPS board approves staff, coaches

EVART — In one short week, students will flood the halls of Evart Public Schools, looking for their new lockers and rushing to classrooms where some will meet new teachers.

During the EPS Board of Education meeting Monday, board members approved hiring new staff, as well as introduced a few coaches. Board members also accepted the resignations of Trina Wixson, bus driver; Abigail Weirenga, special education teacher; and Shirley Galoup, middle school library assistant.

New this year will be Anna Mounts, elementary school special education/Title I teacher; Benjamin Bishop, middle school social studies teacher; and Angie Cushman, elementary food service position. This leaves two open positions for an English Language Arts teacher and a middle school special education teacher.

Board members also approved Jennifer Walters, seventh-grade volleyball coach; and Gus Ranjel, assistant football coach.

Another new sight students may notice is a few different buses. New buses are already being received as part of the school's bond. Seven older buses are being cycled out through a bid process with Spring Hill Camp purchasing one bus and Kalamazoo Metal Recyclers buying three more buses. H and H Trucking won a bid for one bus, a local couple purchased another and the final vehicle will potentially be scrapped.

In other business:

• Board members approved the cross country team attending an overnight camp at Eagle Village. The camp trip is made every year. While discussing the team, board members heard about the results of the recent Timber Beast Adventure Race triathlon. The cross country runners participated and coach Kevin Mills won the triathlon.

• Board members approved a bid of $0.2316 per milk carton to Prairie Farms for the school year.

• Board members approved increasing lunch prices by $0.05 for the schools. Reduced lunch prices will not be increased.