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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Hirings, building projects wrap up as school year approaches

“We are excited to begin this new program and to have continuity of instruction in grades K-5,” Lincoln Principal John Larsen concerning the new elementary math program Go Math

By Vicki Viall

Ranger-Review Staff Writer

Glendive Public Schools principals report summer facility projects are nearing completion as school opening date approaches.

During the monthly meeting of the Glendive Unified School Board held on Aug. 11, all four school principals gave their reports to the board.

“Lincoln Elementary is ready for school to open,” Principal John Larsen said. “The carpet has been replaced in Room 1. All plumbing projects are completed, floors stripped, waxed and polished and electrical work is being completed on the second floor to increase the electrical capacity in rooms 11 and 12.”

Lincoln will be fully staffed as students arrive in classrooms on Wednesday, Aug. 27.

“Certified and classified staffing is complete,” Larsen said

Larsen also touted the addition of a new math program called Go Math for K-5. 

“We are excited to begin this new program and to have continuity of instruction in grades K-5,” Larsen said.

Jefferson Principal Vicki Panasuk said the first grade bathrooms and playground equipment will be set up before school starts.

“Big kudos to Bruce Krug and his crew for cleaning up the school grounds, painting the parking lot and drop off zones and cleaning all the floors,” Panasuk added.

“We are ready for the school year to start,” she concluded.

New Washington Middle School Principal Willie Thibault introduced himself to the board and added how happy he is to be in Glendive.

“We are ready for school to open and looking forward to an exciting year,” he stated. 

Dawson County High School Principal Wade Murphy took the stage, giving praise for the new gym lighting project.

“Jerry Geiger made quick work of the lighting project in the gym,” noted Murphy. Earlier this summer, Geiger approached the board for permission to raise funds for new lighting in the gymnasium. Donations came in quickly and the project was completed earlier this month.

“Holden Electric was in and completed the job in a timely fashion and it looks great,” Murphy added.

Renovations at Perham Field continue, according to Murphy.

“There was a delay in the production of the artificial turf at the factory in Georgia,” Murphy explained.

“So work will not begin on the turf until Aug. 12 or 13. It takes about 16 days to complete installation so that puts our deadline right up to the first game scheduled for Sept. 5,” he said.

The fencing project around the field is now complete. Dakota Fencing did the work.

“They were very quick and very efficient and a pleasure to work with,” Murphy  said.

DCHS is ready for school to open with the exception of filling a math teacher opening.

“We are exploring the possibility of sharing a math instructor with Dawson Community College,” he explained.

“There were 42 math openings in Montana so competition for teachers was fierce,” Murphy commented.

The doors will open for students and the beginning of the new school year on Aug. 27.

In other business, the board voted to fill the following positions:

DCHS Karen Tiberghien, paraeducator; Christi Myers, golf coach; Jordan Viegut, forensics; Betsy Mack, student council; Brady Yrjo and Jim Mires, assistant football coaches; Shiloh Wynne, assistant volleyball coach; and Tina Diegel, cheer coach.

Elementary schools: Kaylee Patterson, paraeducator, WMS; Jean Mitchell, webmaster, Lincoln; Katelyn White, teacher, Lincoln; Trish Mires, mentor, Lincoln; and Richard Coburn, science teacher, WMS.


Vicki Viall can be contacted at rrwriter@rangerreview.com.

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