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Green Bay school board approves staffing changes

By Rich Palzewic
Staff Writer

GREEN BAY – The Green Bay school board unanimously approved several hirings, transfers and resignations at its Monday, June 1, special meeting.

Chad Jensema was named as district transportation manager.

“Chad has an important job, and we are glad to have him,” said Eric Vanden Heuvel, board president. “He’ll be thrown right into the fire trying to figure things out for the fall.”

Pete Ross, chief of operations, said Jensema has previous experience from other districts.

The transfer of principals Jennifer Sipes (Jackson Elementary School) and Kate Dolan (Jefferson Elementary School) will take place July 1.

Debra Mossong, a speech/language pathologist, is retiring effective June 10.

The resignations of Jenica Angst (special education/Webster), Christina Faymonville (math/Southwest), Sarah Mullenberg (counselor/Minoka Hill), Jill Olson (third grade/Lincoln), Mariah Pfundheller (special education/district-wide), Cindybel Rodriquez (social worker/Eisenhower), Shannon Sheehan (music/Beaumont, Kennedy), Kristy Sutrick (counselor/Eisenhower) and Tony Xiong (special education/Danz, MacArthur) are also effective June 10.

In other news, Ross presented to the school board on the issue of how to credit staff for unused 2019-20 vacation benefit time.

“This will be applied for the vacation benefit time available in the 2019-20 fiscal year only,” said Ross. “Due to Gov. Tony Evers’ order on March 13, the GBAPS administration shuttered district facilities and implemented distance-learning opportunities for our children. One result of this action was the inability of some employees to schedule and make use of their vacation benefit time during the COVID-19 public-health emergency.”

A blended approach was approved by the board using a combination of allowing extra days to be carried over and monetary payouts.

Ross said to keep the district running smoothly, benefit time has to be spaced out evenly throughout the summer, which led to the approved temporary change in the policy.

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