West Branch addresses changes within administration

BELOIT – The West Branch school board has made a number of moves to address changes at the top of the administration team.

The board appointed Lindsey Szymanski, a school psychologist, as acting director of special services for up to 12 weeks at an additional $75 per day effective Aug. 31. She is filling in for Micki Egli who is serving as acting superintendent for Timothy Saxton, who has been granted a Family Medical Leave of Absence (FMLA).

The board also hired Mindy Steer as a consultant/trainer for the special services department on an as needed basis and Karen Kanotz as a special services director consultant up to 20 hours per week. Egli said the extra help is needed for the department due to ensure the district is in compliance with numerous federal regulations.

Also at the meeting, the board hire Lorrie Weingart as the food service director for the 2020-2021 school year effective Sept. 1 at $42,000. Last month the board, in a 3-2 vote, chose to non-renew its contract with the Nutrition Group for food service management after one year due to projected deficits larger than estimated by the company. The board had contracted with the Nutrition Group after Weingart retired following the 2028-2019 school year.

The board also approved an annually salary of $91,000 for Jayson Yeagley as middle school principal. The board promoted Yeagley from assistant middle school principal and granted him a two-year contract last month after former middle school principal Stephen Fowler resigned.



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