RAYMOND – The staff roster at Raymond Central Public Schools will change a bit next school year.
Meeting in regular monthly session March 18, the Board of Education was presented with several resignation.
The board accepted with regret the resignation of long-time teacher Jim Marsh.
Marsh has been at Raymond Central for 42 years. He started as business teacher and FBLA advisor. Since 1994, he has added director of technology and computer graphic design instructor to the hats he wears at the school.
Marsh’s retirement will begin at the end of the current school year.
The board was also given a letter of resignation by Greg Wilmes for his positions of activities director and assistant principal.
Wilmes will stay at Raymond Central next year and will teach math. In his letter of resignation, he said he did much deliberation, praying and soul searching to find what gave him the most satisfaction in education. Resigning from the administration positions and focusing on math in the classroom will also give him more time to spend with family, he stated.
Other resignations accepted by the board last week were Pat Harrington, head boys basketball; Brian Dunker, assistant Boys Basketball; Justin Lille, head softball; and Cailyn Johnson, junior high girls basketball.
In other business at the meeting, the board took a look at the first draft of a new policy on fundraiser.
Superintendent Derrick Joel said a committee at the school has been working on the policy.
“It’s not only to limit, but also to bring some consistency to fundraising, which is kind of all over the board right now,” he said.
The proposal is to define fundraising by three categories: direct sales, service and school event concession stand.
Team/activity apparel sales would still be allowed under the new policy as well.
Existing fundraisers will come under the new policy. New fundraisers would need to go through an application process with the administration.
Rotation of the group’s using the concession stand as a fundraiser would also be addressed in the policy. The superintendent said this would be done to give a more fair opportunity to all groups.
Joel said there is still more questions to answer and more work to do, but asked the board if the policy was headed in the right direction.
Board President Harriett Gould said it was a good start.
“The draft is looking good,” she said.
Gould also reported on a recent meeting of the curriculum committee. She said the discussion has started about adding a technology component to graduation requirements.
More discussion and action on this and other graduation policies is expected again in the future.