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District 25 fills assistant principal spots
Jun 28, 2012 - By Carolyn B. Tyler, Staff Writer
The Fremont County School District 25 filled two assistant principals positions with people close to the Riverton school district Tuesday.
Jeremy Hill was hired as assistant principal and activities director at Riverton High School, and Sheryl Esposito was hired for the new position of assistant principal at Rendezvous Elementary School.
Hill replaces Keith Bauder who retired earlier this year. He is a Riverton High School graduate and returns to Riverton from Lamar Consolidate High School in Rosenberg, Texas, where he was assistant principal.
Esposito is a 16-year employee in District 25 where she has taught kindergarten, first grade, second grade, reading recovery, and most recently been a reading coach at Ashgrove Elementary School.
In recommending Esposito to the board, District 25 superintendent Terry Snyder praised her experience in the district by which she "brings an understanding of the elementary process."
Following the board meeting, Esposito said she is looking forward to the new challenge, primarily in helping to bring the third-grade students into coordination with the fourth- and fifth-grade students."
The Ashgrove, Aspen Park and Jackson elementary third-graders are moving into the fourth- and fifth-grade Rendezvous building to keep in line with the state-mandated 16:1 student-to-teacher ratio for kindergarten through third-grade students.
Mary Jo Chouinard is the principal of Rendezvous. Addition of the third grades to that school makes Rendezvous the largest elementary school in Wyoming, and the board determined an assistant principal was necessary to administer a school of that size.
In looking ahead to meet the state 16:1 mandate, Riverton has applied to the Wyoming School Facilities Commission for one, and possibility three, additional elementary school buildings.
The district also has received funding to study the feasibility of an auditorium addition to Riverton High School.
In other hirings Tuesday, Sheree Vredenburg was hired as a full-time computer teacher at Riverton Middle School; Sandra DeSteffany, learning resource teacher at Jackson elementary; John "Scott" Minor, learning resource teacher at Rendezvous elementary; Chanel Day, social worker at RMS; Shanelle Stanley and Linda Asay-Glenn, co-sponsors by the DECA/FBLA Club; Christina Smith and Claire Peart, co-sponsors for the Student Council.
Lauri Watson has been hired as a 1 on 1 para-professional at Jackson elementary, and computer math technician Matt Ayers resigned.
The board will be meeting July 10 to interview applicants Randy Tucker, L. Greg Ashgrove, Lynnette Jeffres, Ted Ray and Scott Morrow to fill the vacancy on the school board created by the resignation of Bill Russell who is moving from the community.
Business manager Mike Collins said the preliminary budget for 2012-13 hopes to increase the district's base pay by $500 to $44,700 with appropriate 1 percent salary increases for all other staff.
The only school board business meeting in July will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, for the annual budget meeting.
Snyder pointed out that Cody Myers received the Wyoming Security Resource of the Year Award from the state association last week in Riverton, which Snyder called "well deserved."