HUMBOLDT – The ANW Education Cooperative has every position covered for next year in spite of some last minute resignations, it was announced at the board meeting Wednesday evening. 

“With moving some staff around, we should be able to cover every position,” Director Doug Tressler said. “We might have to hire one teacher out of retirement.” 

The organization held its retirement reception the week before the board meeting. Tressler reported that the retirees had 245 years of experience combined. 

“That’s a lot of experience that went out the door,” he said. “That is a lot of time and kids worked with, and I am very thankful for their service. “

The budget, on the other hand, is still in question with negotiations ongoing. Tressler reported that there may be cuts to Special Education totaling up to $178,000 for the co-op. 

Coordinator Shiela Coronado reported that they will not have the influx of new teachers like they had in the previous year. One new teacher, Jennifer Vogel, had previously been a paraprofessional for the co-op for 15 years, so it should not be much of a transition.  

Last year, the co-op had 14 new teachers that they paired with mentors to help the transition. Coronado felt the mentorship program was a success and hoped that they could continue to support the teachers in their second year, as well aid retention efforts. 

Jennifer Morrison was hired as a school social worker. The board also accepted the resignations of teachers Sindy Daniels, Chirstiana Turner and Lisa Wallace. 

Coordinator Harry Helper was not present, but Tressler informed the board that they were looking at decommissioning a couple of vehicles from the ANW fleet. The difference in leasing and buying vehicles will once again be reviewed to see which option would prove to be more cost effective. 

Tressler also informed the board that the first co-op in-service of the school year, prior to the start of classes, will be held August 7 and 8 at Neosho County Community College. 

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