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By Daria Anderson-Faden
The Observer 

Danielle Reader Hired As Principal

School Board OKs 2 Contracts That Slipped Through Cracks


March 19, 2020

Daria Anderson-Faden / The Observer

The Kimball school board has hired district curriculum director Danielle Reader as the next high school and junior high principal. She takes the position in the next school year. The board also approved Reader's contract for the current school year, which wasn't approved on time before the year.

The special Kimball school board meeting at 7:30 a.m. Friday, March 13, had some important and unusual circumstances arise.

Danielle Reader, the district's director of curriculum and instruction this school year, was recommended by the superintendent to succeed Mo Hanks as the high school/junior high principal. The school board approved her contract as principal for the 2020-21 school year.

In another matter, one discussion regarded two contracts from the 2019-20 school year that the school board apparently never approved. One was for Jamie Soper, elementary principal and special services director, and the other for Reader in her capacity as curriculum director.

School board President Heather Norberg addressed the situation.

"There was some oversight, and I don't know exactly what happened, and of course that is not an excuse," she said. "... I am not exactly sure what happened. I know the contract had to go back and forth a couple times to make sure we had that wording, you know, really correct especially in the case of Mrs. Soper."

Norberg continued and then asked for a motion. There was a motion and a second from Matt Shoup and Lynn Vogel.

Prior to the vote, school board member Travis Cook asked for some clarification about what happened with the two contracts.

After some discussion, the board approved both contracts by 5-0 vote. Board member Carrie Tabor was absent.

The board also accepted the resignations of long time first-grade teacher Cathy Flores and kindergarten teacher Jamie Thompson. Flores has taught in the Kimball system for 42 years.

The new superintendent, Mr. Trevor Anderson, who will take his position in the next school year, was in attendance at the special meeting.

Two policies were discussed before further readings of those policies were suspended. Both policies had to do with the emergency closing of a school building and the emergency exclusion of a person from school.

A Community Engagement Forum is scheduled for Monday, March 30, but with the current coronavirus situation, it may not happen.

The next Kimball School Board meeting is scheduled for April 20.


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