At a special meeting held on March 13, the board of trustees had approved Phillip Zwicke for the new position of elementary school principal. Zwicke is currently with the district as a junior high social studies teacher, as well as an athletics coach.
Zwicke will assume the position and responsibilities of elementary school principal at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year. The board discussed Zwicke’s new responsibilities and the possibility of him staying involved in coaching football after hours on a certain basis, if time permits.
“He does want to, as well as Coach Marbach wants him to, assist in football after 4:30 or 5 p.m., if he‘s available,” said Superintendent Linda Bettin. “He would like to keep his hands in it, but it has nothing to do with his work day or what he needs to do as principal.”
Also at the meeting, the board accepted the resignations of retiring FCISD staff. High school English teacher Debbie Wiatrek will be retiring after the current school year. Wiatrek has taught at Falls City High School for 33 years.
Cafeteria staff member Brenda Stanfield has retired and has given her two-week notice. Replacing Stanfield will be Darby Myhre, who has been working as a substitute cafeteria staff member for the district.
“Myhre has been subbing for us all year long,” said Bettin of the new hire. “We hired her to take Stanfield’s place. She worked in the La Vernia school district for awhile and she is trustworthy. The kids and fellow cafeteria workers like her. She’s pleasant and smiling, and so we’re glad to get her.”
Bus driver Josie Alwine will also be retiring after the current school year; however, Alwine will still be available as a substitute bus driver when needed, but will not have a full-time route.
Towards the end of the meeting, the board moved into a closed meeting session to discuss the ongoing process for selecting a new superintendent, as Superintendent Linda Bettin will be retiring after the current year.
The board has reviewed applications and six finalists have been chosen out of 21 applicants for the superintendent position. Interviews for remaining qualified applicants are planned for April 10 and 11.