Tri-Point board hires new principals

KEMPTON — The Tri-Point Board of Education hired high school and junior high principals at its regular meeting May 15 at the unit office in Kempton.

Jay Bennett of Rantoul was approved for a three-year contract as principal at the upper elementary/junior high in Piper City. Originally from Thawville, Bennett has been teaching and coaching at the Rantoul Junior High for 13 years.

Kellee Hill was approved for a three-year contract as principal at the high school in Cullom. Each contract begins Aug. 1.

In other business:

— The board re-employed Becky Allen and John Edwards; Allen will teach fourth grade and Edwards will teach physical education.

— Kathi Wallrich was employed as upper elementary/junior high school secretary, replacing Pam Webster, who resigned.

— Voluntary transfers were approved for Don Emerson to be guidance counselor and Eric Grider to teach high school social studies.

— The gym ceiling at the high school in Cullom is to be replaced at a cost of $24,997 with Meister Construction to do the work.

— Tables and counter tops will be placed in the library at the Piper City building for a computer lab with the work to be done by Meister Woodworking at a cost of $34,595.

— Resignations were accepted from Janeen Dietz, junior high reading teacher; Jeff Flott, high school guidance counselor; Kate Walter, fourth grade teacher; Krista Webb, high school student council co-sponsor; and Mary Mangan and Sally Perce; high school play/musical co-directors.

— The board approved a three-year contract with Gibson Area Hospital for athletic training for high school sports at a cost of $1,500 a year.

— The board purchased sixth and seventh grade social studies books.

— The board approved Russell Leigh & Associates to do the annual audit.

— The board employed temporary summer custodial workers.

— The board employed Janeen Dietz and Nancy Knilands as summer library workers for up to ten hours each at $20 per hour.

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