Grassel is second math teacher to leave for EGF

    When the Crookston School Board sets its meeting calendar every year, they schedule meetings on the second and fourth Mondays of every month, with the exception of June and July during summer vacation, when only one meeting is scheduled.

    Rarely though, it seems, are they able to stick to their intended plan of meeting only once in June and July, as unanticipated teacher resignations or retirements invariably pop up every summer, necessitating some fancy footwork as the school district advertises open positions, hopes for a decent applicant pool, and hires new teachers.

    The scenario is playing out again this summer. The school board at a special meeting Tuesday afternoon is expected to address a trio of personnel-related matters, while an unexpected resignation has presented them with another challenging void to fill at Crookston High School.

    Tuesday’s agenda includes:

    • The hiring of Jill Dalzell as an elementary music instructor, replacing Taylor Pearson, who resigned

    • The hiring of Isaac Black as a high school science teacher, replacing Brian Follette, who retired. Black attended Mayville State University, earning a degree in biology and secondary education. He’s been a substitute teacher in Grand Forks, where he lives.

    • The hiring of Jessica Peyerl as a deaf/hard of hearing language facilitator, replacing Diane Aandal, who was hired as an independent contractor.

Grassel resigns

    On the heels of CHS math teacher Joe Sobolik resigning to take a teaching job in East Grand Forks, where he lives – the board was delighted earlier this spring to secure the services of Ashley Stopa to replace him – CHS math teacher Chelsey Grassel has also resigned to take a teaching position in East Grand Forks, where she’s from as well.

    School district leaders thought they were zeroing in on a preferred candidate, but the teacher did not accept the offer. So the search for a successor to Grassel will continue.

Budget talk

    Also on Tuesday, the board, Superintendent Chris Bates and Business Manager Laura Lyczewski will discuss preliminary budget assumptions for the 2017-18 school year, now that they have more details from the legislature’s education funding budget approved by the legislature this spring.