Waterloo approves new teachers, assistant principals

The Waterloo Board of Education approved the consideration to employ several new teachers and two new assistant high school principals at its Monday evening meeting.

Alan Guehne and Christine Osterhage were approved as assistant principals at Waterloo High School for next school year. Current principal Brian Charron will become superintendent and current assistant principal Lori Costello will become WHS principal.

Other personnel moves:

•Kristen Madden was approved for a full-time high school cross-categorical special education teacher position.

•Katelynn Bergheger was approved for a full-time high school physical education teacher position.

•Carrie Koester, current Columbia FFA advisor, was approved for a full-time agriculture teacher position at WHS.

The board also approved non-renewals for four licensed practical nurses throughout the district for the 2014-15 school year: Rebecca Galeski, Marla Thrope, Carol Sparr and Jonna Rickert.

William Jost, parent of WHS senior Courtney Jost, appealed to the board during public participation about grade capping and how class rank is figured. The board agreed to revisit Waterloo’s policy, do research on other policies throughout the state and talk with Jost at a later date.

Superintendent Jim Helton talked briefly about the district’s budget and where it stands in terms of deficit and Illinois Capital Development Board money.

“We’re looking at a $1.1 million deficit within our education fund, but that’s stayed pretty constant from the beginning of the year,” Helton said. “We’re at our 2008 educational fund level, our 2009 operations and maintenance level and our 2010 transportation level.”

Helton cited revenues as the problem.

“We’ve received about $900,000 less in general state aid due to prorations, and that has made a great impact on our budget,” he said. “Our local EAV is at the 2007 level.”

Helton said as the district and the board go forward, they will continue to try to contain expenditures and work with Springfield to make sure revenues are what the district would like to see.

Board member Dwight Schaefer gave an update on the finance committee, saying they are working to appropriately distribute the CDB money.

“We have done quite a bit to chew into that $1.1 million deficit Mr. Helton mentioned with some cost savings of around $265,000, which will shave off the budget for next year,” Schaefer said.

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