Meyer names district assistants

2011-07-13T00:00:00Z Meyer names district assistantsBy PIPER HAUGAN Independent Record Helena Independent Record
July 13, 2011 12:00 am  • 

At his first board meeting as Helena school district superintendent Tuesday night, Keith Meyer announced the two individuals who will assist him.

Dr. Deb Jacobsen will remain full time as principal at Hawthorne Elementary, but will help Meyer oversee kindergarten through fifth grade administration as an administrator on special assignment. Her expanded duties include overseeing elementary school principals and Head Start operations. Steve Thennis will leave his position as Helena High School assistant principal to assist Meyer with middle school and high school issues, including supervision of principals at those schools, as the sixth through 12th grade administrator on special assignment. The district will advertise internally to fill the position.

“I’m excited for our new team for this year,” Meyer said.

Jacobsen and Thennis both said they are happy about the change. “I’m honored to serve the district in this capacity,” Jacobsen said, adding that she’s worked with Meyer for 18 years.

Thennis said he looks forward to the challenges and opportunities in the upcoming school year.

The board also voted unanimously to partner with Helena’s College of Technology to trade property belonging to the district on the south side of the HCT in order to create a sidewalk running from the Stewart Homes area to Bryant Elementary by the Helena High practice field and the HCT. The school district will pay one third of sidewalk construction costs, or an estimated $15,000.

Both the school district and HCT want to install sidewalks for the safety of children who walk from the Stewart Homes area to Bryant Elementary, sometimes through the busy HCT parking lot.

The plan was discussed in 2006, but lack of funding removed the project from the list of things to do.

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