Caswell named headof maintenance team;first-grade teacher added
The Northern Ozaukee School District continues to fill staffing vacancies as the start of the 2016-17 school year rapidly approaches.
Topping the list of hires approved by the School Board was the naming of Jason Caswell as the director of buildings and grounds.
Caswell is currently the lead maintenance staff member and district safety coordinator. He is also the chief of the Waubeka Fire Department.
Caswell replaces Roger Sinnen, who resigned this summer after 35 years with the school district.
“Jason has been in our district for 16 years and has done a great job with a wide range of responsibilities,” Supt. Dave Karrels said.
“He has worked very closely with Roger Sinnen for many years, and the entire maintenance team has done excellent work to maintain our buildings and grounds at a very high level.”
The position carries a salary of $58,500, plus another $18,000 in benefits.
In another quasi-administrative position, Daniel Schreurs has been hired as information technology specialist.
Schreurs has 19 years experience in computer installation, repair and troubleshooting. He is also the varsity football coach at Cedar Grove-Belgium High School.
The IT position has a salary of $52,000, plus another $7,000 in benefits, however, 60% of that amount will be covered by Wisconsin Virtual Learning, the district’s online charter school.
The position was previously held by Michael Resop, who used his letter of resignation to protest several work issues.
Resop said he was erroneously told he would be paid for not taking the district’s health insurance, although he was later informed he did not qualify for that benefit.
He also said he was functioning in an administrative role for the past two years, but was not recognized as an administrator.
A follow-up memo from Supt. Dave Karrels explained that the duties of the IT specialist were never considered administrative in nature.
“Moving forward, the duties of this position will continue to be broad in scope and compensation for this position will continue to align with appropriate market value,” Karrels wrote.
Other district hirings approved by the board include: part-time district nurse Cindy Johnson; elementary special-education teacher Amanda Hepner; high-school math teacher Melinda Anderson; and high-school science teacher Erick Minnameier.
Although the hirings fill all of the district’s vacancies, the School Board also approved adding some staff at Ozaukee Elementary School.
Based on enrollment projections, the board approved hiring an additional first-grade teacher and an additional 4K aide.
At this time, there are two first-grade classes with 50 anticipated students, or 25 students per class.
By adding a teacher, the ratio can be brought down to about 17 students per class — which is in line with the numbers used in other neighboring school districts.
Karrels said the positions would be filled by expanding hours for existing staff members.
Image Information: NEW TEACHERS JOINING the Northern Ozaukee School District staff include Melinda Anderson, James Peter, Marlena Kreunen, Erick Minnameier, Tom Dorgan, Ellie Kaas, Julie Ott, Blake Burgess, Cara Becker, Janet Zausch, Cassie Pacelli, Melissa Lengling, Melissa Borree and Amanda Hepner. Students return to class on Thursday, Sept. 1. Photo by Sam Arendt