NK school treasurer to retire

NEW KNOXVILLE — After more than two decades of service, a local school official has announced her retirement.

New Knoxville Board of Education members approved the retirement of Treasurer Marcia Wierwille during Monday’s meeting. Her retirement is effective Jan. 31.

“It’s bittersweet,” Wierwille told board members.

Board President Phil Kuck thanked Wierwille for her service to the school.

“I want to thank Marcia for her many, many years of service,” Kuck said. “Enjoy the next step.”

Board member Brian Lammers also noted Wierwille’s contributions to New Knoxville Local School and its students.

“Your contributions to our school, our community and our kids — there are a lot of people that appreciate the work you’ve done,” Lammer said. “Thank you so much for everything. We’re very appreciative of all you’ve done”

Board member Ryan Miltner noted board members have worked several months with Wierwille to make sure the school district.

“We’ve got four months to mine Marcia’s brain files and make sure that we do everything we can so we don’t miss a beat,” Miltner said. “Thank you for all you’ve done.”

In beginning the search for a new treasurer, Superintendent Kim Waterman said there are several qualifications that candidates must meet.

“As we move forward in figuring out where we go, there are by-law kind of things — like a four-year degree — but all the specifics are yet to be determined,” she said.

In her report to the board, Waterman noted the district’s progress with its STEM Grant, which it is splitting with four other area school districts. Due to a delay in obtaining the grant funds, each district is allowed to use its $50,000 share toward what needs it deems fit.

After talking to a few teachers, Waterman decided the grant would focus on the middle school students’ needs.

“I was thinking of teachers that had come to me on different occasions with concerns about how they’re going to reach upper level kids or they’ve noticed in their data that they’d really like something,” Waterman said, noting she talked to teachers about how they would use technology to improve scores. “It trickled from there.”

The grant money is to be spent on engineering in elementary units, classroom sets of iPads for fourth- through eighth-grade math classes and the sixth-grade science class, the attendance of a high school teacher and sixth-grade teacher at the National Science Education Conference, fourth-grade Snap Circuits, STEM training and STEM camp. The plan was approved on Sept. 14.

Board members met in executive session to discuss steps to appoint a new treasurer, and no action was taken when board members reconvened in regular session.