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Carrollton hires summer driving teacher

By Carmen Ensinger

Students who missed out on the driving portion of their driver’s education class last year when driver’s education teacher Nick Flowers quit mid semester are in luck.
Carrollton School District approved hiring B.J. Symes to do summer behind the wheel driving with the students who lacked this portion of their class in order to get their driver’s license. This decision was made at their Monday, June 20 school board meeting.
“He is just going to help us out during the summer and is going to get paid $25 an hour to do it for us,” Carrollton Superintendent Mark Halwachs said. “He is driver’s education certified and works for the State in some capacity but I’m not sure what.”
Halwachs said there are 12 students who still need behind the wheel experience. Students are required to have six hours of behind the wheel driving to get their license.
That takes care of last year’s students, but what about the upcoming students? Carrollton still doesn’t have a driver’s education teacher.
“We are working on that,” Halwachs said. “There are just not a lot of them out there who are certified to teach the class or who are looking for a position right now.”
Halwachs went on to say that was one of the reasons he recommended Zachary Klaustermeier for the position of head football coach to take the place of Nick Flowers, who was both head football coach along with teaching health, PE and driver’s ed – because he could teach those courses whereas the coach the board eventually hired, could not because he is not a teacher.
On a better note, a familiar name is coming back to the district. Amy Struble has been hired to teach high school science at the high school. Struble left the district several years ago to take a teaching job in the Jacksonville area, but has now come back to Carrollton.
Struble is jumping in with both feet as she will also be heading up National Honor Society, be head of the Robotics Club and be the Yearbook Sponsor.
The board accepted the resignation of Josh Lemond, the district’s athletic director and dean of students. Lemond has only been with the district for one year.
“He has accepted a position as a principal down in Texas,” Halwachs said. “He is going back to the district he is originally from.”
The board also accepted the resignations of Megan Lesemann as a teacher at the grade school and Becky Hoagland as the school nurse.
There were several new hires including: Lindsey Malott as Spanish teacher at the high school; Jaris Dalman as middle school social studies teacher and Kacee Stewart and Cynthia Seymour as grade school teachers.
Dylan Barnett and Zach Beiermann were hired as summer help and Keri Lakin was hired as volunteer high school head cheerleading coach with Becky Cotner hired as her assistant. Jordan Harr was hired as an assistant football coach as well.

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