MI-B Rangers

MOUNTAIN IRON — Parents will now have a second opportunity to meet with teachers in Mountain Iron-Buhl.

The MI-B School Board Monday night voted to hold parent-teacher conferences twice a year in the elementary and high schools. Previously, conferences were only held in the fall.

The “spring” conferences will be held Feb. 20 and 28, with an exchange day (and no school) on April 18.

Superintendent Reggie Engebritson said she reached out to teachers, and the majority surveyed said they were in favor of holding spring conferences.

Board Chairman Jeremy Jesch said teachers in the high school, in particular, said spring conferences will be beneficial for parents of students who are only enrolled in instructors’ second semester classes.

The board Monday also appointed Lisa Kvas to fill the open seat vacated by Jeff Holmes, who resigned in October. She will be seated in March.

Four candidates had applied for the position, and the board scored written answers to seven questions from the applicants to choose the new director.

The board has used that method to fill vacancies in the past, and Jennifer Tiedeman, who was elected to the board in November, said she would have preferred if new directors had a say in the selection process.

The other candidates were Steve Hunter and former school board members John Villebrun and Troy Martinson.

“It was nice to see four good candidates for the position. It was hard to score them,” said Director Jesse White. “At one time it was hard to find people to run” for the board, he added. “Congrats to Lisa.”

“I look forward to working with her on the board,” said Vice Chairman Jason Gellerstedt.

“I look forward to having a full board,” Engebritson added.

In other business, the board:

• Rescinded its action from Jan. 14 on the salaries of school board members — which had erroneously been set at $200 per month — and approved a salary of $225 per month. “That is not a raise,” Engebritson said, explaining that the salaries have been $225 for several years.

• Hired Melissa Wallace as a kindergarten paraprofessional and Kevin Johnson as a long-term substitute high school math instructor.

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