New positions will be funded through grants

By Chad Koenen


In a meeting lasting just under 20 minutes, the New York Mills School Board worked swiftly through a light agenda on Monday, Nov. 22. The New York Mills School District is looking for a unique way to reach students as young as kindergarten through their senior year of school. 

During its regularly scheduled meeting, the NY Mills School Board approved moving forward with seeking a K-6 interventionist, 7-12 interventionist, a K-12 full-time substitute teacher and a K-12 home/school liaison. The positions will be funded by an ESSER III ARP grant associated with COVID-19 funding. When the grant dollars are utilized, or terminated, the positions could be ended as well.

NY Mills Superintendent Blaine Novak said the grant funding provides the district flexibility in how the money is utilized and will help to serve students in a wide variety of ways. 

In other news

• Acknowledged a $400 donation from the East Otter Tail Dark House and Angling Club for the fishing league. 

• Approved the staff and bus driver annual seniority lists. 

• Approved the hiring of Jenna Skoog as paraprofessional, Tanya Erickson as kitchen staff and Cindy Delaney as paraprofessional. 

• Approved the following resignations: Andrea Tougas as paraprofessional and Adriana Castillo as cleaner.