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Ronan Board expands activities director position

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RONAN — In a Ronan School Board meeting last Wednesday, superintendent Andy Holmlund approached the board with plans to make the activities director a full-time position.

Currently, there are no Class A activities directors in the state of Montana, but Holmlund insisted that an activity director is a crucial element of the Ronan Middle and High Schools, especially after the construction of the new facilities. 

“We tried just about every configuration,” Holmlund said, noting that teachers, principals and vice principals have all tried to juggle the responsibility of managing the activities in the facility. 

He mentioned that he would like to see someone with “energy, passion and desire to lead the facility.”

“What’s critical about that is just the scheduling conflicts,” Holmlund said. “It helps to have just one person who is keeper of the knowledge.”

The Ronan Activities Director would be a member of the classified staff and would receive the same benefits as classified staff members. Since the position is year-round, the starting salary of the activity director would be slightly higher than the salary of a starting teacher. 

The board voted to approve the full-time activities director for the 2010-2011 school year. 

The board then moved on to discuss the 2009 audit report.

“I am not in love with (the audit) because we still have two areas that are not perfect,” Holmlund said. 

The first discrepancy involves funds that were incorrectly transferred to the wrong district by the county school superintendent’s office. The second discrepancy involves school funds that were not accurately reflected in the ledgers due to the Jore Company’s tax rebate. The auditor noted both discrepancies were resolved.

The board also voted to announce a vacant trustee position. Jason Starkel started employment in Dillon and moved out of the area, leaving a Ronan School Board Trustee position vacant. The school board will have 60 days to appoint a new trustee.

The next Ronan School Board Meeting will be held on April 12, at 7 p.m. in the Ronan High School library. 

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