Denair schools shuffle duties

naustin@modbee.comJune 17, 2013 

— Denair Unified School District has reconfigured administrative positions, added a full-day kindergarten and will send athletes to games on school buses instead of in parents' cars.

Interim Superintendent Walt Hanline made the announcements Monday, in advance of another special meeting of the board. Trustees normally meet once a month, but in light of the district's dire financial situation, the board met four times in March, four times in April, twice in May and three times in June, so far. Its regular monthly meeting is set for June 27.

Changes announced Monday:

Denair Middle and Denair High: Middle school Principal Aaron Delworth is director of secondary education, serving as principal for both schools. Denair High Principal Steve Doerksen will be associate director of secondary education. Troy Edwards and Elise Domico will be full-time counselors at the schools, helping implement a greater emphasis on college and career placement and education. Team travel buses will be used to lower liability risks, the release says.

Denair Elementary and Denair Academic Avenues: Carol Hammond, administrator and principal of the district charter nicknamed D2A, is principal of both elementary schools. A full-day kindergarten will be offered. Denair Elementary Principal Fawn Oliver moves to the district office to oversee special education, testing analysis and special programs as director of student support services.

Denair Charter Academy: Michelle Bush is principal of Denair Unified's independent-study charter school, which serves home-schooled students of all ages and struggling high school students.

School lunches: Alan Day resigned as director of food services. The nutrition program loses money each year and the district hopes to raise sales by offering more food choices, including the return of the high school snack bar this fall.

Faster Internet service: The district will tap special funds to switch from T-1 lines to fiber-optic bands to speed up wireless connections used by classrooms and staff.

Business services: The district cut one district office position and will recruit a director to replace contract staff from an outside consulting firm.

"The restructuring is focused on utilizing existing staff positions in a more effective and efficient manner," Hanline said in the release.

Bee education reporter Nan Austin can be reached at naustin@modbee.com or (209) 578-2339, on Twitter @NanAustin, www.modbee.com/education.

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