Seven district schools have new faces at the head of the class after the Rainy River District School Board hired 14 teachers for the 2000-01 year.
District high schools are seeing the most new blood. Jack MacGibbon, Jeff Rajala, and Darren Johnson are all full-time teachers at Fort Frances High School while Aimee Steenburg and Lori-Anne Armstrong are at Rainy River High School.
RRHS teacher Dan Mack will move from his previous part-time position there to full-time.
And at Atikokan High School, Lana Puumala and Kendall McLain will be on staff. McClain will teach both grade seven/eight courses part-time and secondary-level classes.
Meanwhile, Brad Oster has a full-time position at Robert Moore while Kari-Lynn Wilson and Angela Petsnick will teach at Nestor Falls.
Jody Bonner-Vickers rounds out the new staff, with a part-time position at Sturgeon Creek School in Barwick and the Sturgeon Creek Alternative Program (SCAP) in Stratton.
Other new non-teaching staff include accounting clerks Paul Fischer and Susan Sieders.
Meanwhile, secretary Thelma Ogden has relocated from Donald Young School in Emo to RRHS, and secretary Terry Yeo will move from Huffman to take Ogden’s place at DYS.
Teachers Rhian McIvor and Karen Gannon, as well as secretary Jennifer Langtry, have taken leave of absences.
Six employees—caretaker Diana Ellief, communication assistant Sharon Demchuk, secretary Alanna Emlyn, and teachers Karri Tougas, Gerry Karchuk, and Kevin Hakanen—resigned over the summer.