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Gloversville hires interpreter for student

September 24, 2012
By LEVI PASCHER , The Leader Herald

GLOVERSVILLE - The Gloversville Enlarged School District Board of Education recently approved several appointments to fill new and vacant positions for the present school year.

One of several appointments allowed the district to hire its first interpreter. Lena Neet-Marsh will serve as the district's one on one interpreter at the rate of $21 an hour. Neet-Marsh previously worked as a hearing impaired interpreter for the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services program.

She will be working directly with a deaf student at one of the elementary schools in the district that will be taking regular classes but required an interpreter to communicate to the child what is being said. This was required because HFM BOCES closed their class for those hard of hearing because of low enrollment, Director of Student Support Services Colleen Ulrich said. She mentioned that the contract for Neet-Marsh will require her to work 32.5 hours per week with the child.

In other appointments made Sept. 10 by the school board:

Two student teachers have been approved to start their assignments at Kingsborough Elementary School beginning Sept. 4 until Oct. 19. Kyra Billington was assigned to a second-grade class with teacher Michele Becker. Lorry VanAlstyne was assigned to teach a second-grade class with Donna Rappleyea.

The board also filled vacant positions due to resignations. Teacher Shannon VanCoughnett and counselor Colleen Sprague had their instructional resignations approved. Both listed the reason for leaving the district as personal. Kristen Hamilton will replace VanCoughnett as the Social Studies teacher at Gloversville High School on a three-year permanent probationary appointment. Jennifer Sponnoble will replace Sprague as the eighth-grade guidance counselor at Gloversville Middle School on a three-year permanent probationary appointment.

Both Megan Hallenbeck, a librarian at the middle school, and Elise Fraijo, a reading teacher at both Kingsborough and Boulevard elementary schools, were granted two-year permanent probationary appointments by the school board.

A teaching assistant at Gloversville Middle School, Katherine Spader, also had her formal resignation approved during the meeting. Jennifer Miller was approved to be appointed as a new teacher aide at Kingsborough.

The board also approved the motion to allow several positions to be filled in the extracurricular portion of the agenda, which granted a variety of staff member's money to head different responsibilities, such as the yearbook, jazz band director, Key Club, mentor, and class advisers.



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