School Board to Approve New Hire, Secretary Resignation
Left, Secretary Barb Portzen (left) with School Board Members Jeff Presley and Chris Scott. (City-Times photo)
By Donnelly Clare
The Stevens Point School Board has a full plate Monday night, considering action on a new proposed charter school, an update on progress of the Life Skill Center, a report from Carlson Dettman on the administrative wage study and the resignation of the School Board Secretary.
The Board will also consider hiring a full-time teacher for the second semester. Christine Arnson, a UW-Whitewater graduate is certified in Emotional Behavioral Disability and Learning Disabilities and is slated to become certified in Alternative Education.
Arnson’s full-time employment with the district is expected to be approved by the board and will be paid $15,871.78 for the remaining contract year.
The School Board will also be faced on Monday with the resignation of Secretary Barb Portzen.
The position of Board Secretary is relatively new for the district, having been implemented in 2013 but some on the board have since questioned the need for both a clerk- a position currently held by Jeff Presley- and a secretary. Board Members in early January had begun to discuss an “evaluation instrument” for the position of secretary.
Portzen did confirm she has submitted a letter of resignation effective February 25 but declined to comment further.