Grade nine students, and those who have transferred from other schools, weren’t the only newcomers at Fort High this morning.
Five new teachers have joined the staff at the high school for the 1997-98 school year. There will be 74 full-time teaching staff there this year, down one from last year.
Newcomers include Lakehead University graduates Connie Schwartz and David Shue, who come to FFHS as first-time teachers.
Schwartz will be teaching science and math while Shue will take over the job of French Immersion teacher, replacing Sharon Freeman, who is on a leave of absence.
Richard Pierson, a teacher from Lac La Croix School, will now be on staff at Fort High in the areas of science and special education teacher.
Wilford Cyr, who also works with the Rainy Lake Ojibway Education Authority, will take over as native language teacher--a position formerly held by Dan Jones, who is now teaching in the United States.
Former Fort High student Andrea Perry, a recent graduate of the University of Manitoba, will be teaching in the area of social sciences starting in the second semester in January.
Fort High also will see the return of former drama teacher Willa (Tomczak) Kunkel this year.
Meanwhile, FFHS principal Terry Ellwood noted Gord McCabe and Tom Wong have moved to the Alternative Education site on Walker Avenue.
McCabe will replace Alex Boyko as course co-ordinator while Wong will step into the teaching position formerly held by Jack Hedman, both of whom have retired.
Ellwood also noted the school’s chess club needs a coach, and advisors are needed for the Inter-School Christian Fellowship and yearbook clubs.
The Muskie junior boys’ volleyball team also is in need of a coach.
"Anyone in the community who is interested in helping out would be [welcomed]," Ellwood said. "This school survives on the interest shown by the community."