Howard begins as interim superintendent on positive note

EPS board approves Costa Rica trip

EVART — The first two weeks of the second half of the school year has been a positive one for Evart Public Schools Interim Superintendent Shirley Howard.

"My first week was awesome," she said. "Everyone is very friendly, very welcoming and very patient with my 5,000 questions."

Howard took the temporary position on Jan. 1, following the retirement of former superintendent Howard Hyde. She will serve as the interim superintendent until June 30, unless she applies for and is selected as the permanent superintendent while the district performs a search this semester.

Currently, the district is asking residents to take a short survey regarding what they'd like to see in a permanent superintendent. The survey can be found at

At a Jan. 11 EPS Board of Education meeting, the board approved a motion regarding varsity sports. In the event of a snow day, the action enables the district to consider allowing varsity sports games to commence if weather has cleared by the time games begin.

Howard said the action benefits the district because other area districts have similar understandings.

In more business, a motion was approved to allow Spanish students with two years of experience to travel to Costa Rica in the summer of 2017.

Evart Middle School Spanish teacher Jessica Kolenda has discussed a Costa Rica trip with the board since November. The trip will be planned through Education First, an international education company. Kolenda believes the trip would be an educational experience to enrich the lives of all who attend.