The Louisiana R-II School Board hired a number of new teachers and coaches at a special meeting on Monday, June 10.
Two new fifth-grade teachers were hired to replace Sierra Johnson and Kindra Proctor. Those teachers have moved on to the Troy school district in Lincoln County, according to Superintendent Dr. Richard Basden.
Replacing them are Halie Clemons and Stephanie Kopff.
Kopff will also serve as the assistant girls basketball coach and head softball coach at the Louisiana Middle School.
The LMS head softball coach job came open when Betsy Hendrickson resigned. She remains with the district as a teacher’s aide.
District staff newcomer Carlee Brooks was hired as the assistant girls softball coach for the middle school.
A new sixth-grade teacher was also hired. Jenny Palmer was brought on board because of a large incoming sixth-grade class that needed another teacher to keep classroom sizes manageable.
Special needs students instructor Dr. John Picone was hired to be the fall trap-shooting team sponsor.
Agriculture teacher Bill Capps filled the position last year, but found it to be too much with his other duties. However, Capps will still administer the school’s growing trap shooting program, which began last year.
Louisiana High School head baseball coach Ryan Griffin and new football coach Greg Purdum were named sponsors for the summer weight program.
Purdum replaced Steve Gschwender, who was recently rehired as a physical education teacher, but not as the head football coach.
Gschwender has since resigned to teach special education at Bowling Green High School.