EVART — Seventh and eighth-grade students at Evart Public Schools will have a new science teacher this year, while students at the middle and high school will welcome a new art teacher.

Pete Thompson was hired and approved for the position during a Sept. 14 EPS Board of Education meeting. Thompson was the former assistant principal for Pine River Middle/High School in 2014 before the district eliminated the position in March of this year. He received his bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and his master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati. He also spent five years teaching in North Carolina and one year in Lake City.

The board also approved a motion to hire Breanna Barnett as the art teacher for the middle and high school position.

Superintendent Howard Hyde stated the district is still searching for a special education teacher and second-grade teacher.

In other business, the board:

  • approved student handbooks for the elementary, middle and high school;
  • approved the resignation of middle school science teacher Matthew Haack, art teacher Kate Hust and Title 1 teacher Catherine Wirth;
  • approved the hire of Shelby Flint for the EPS central office secretary position and Melissa Morgan for the elementary parapro position; and
  • approved a motion to borrow $460,000 at an interest rate of .99% from Chemical Bank for the State Aid Operating Notes Resolution. Districts across Michigan borrow funds from the state annually, because the school receives the first state aid check in October. Last year, the board borrowed $800,000, Hyde said.