Helena trustees approved sabbaticals for three teachers and mail ballots for the May school election Tuesday night.
The new professionalism committee recommended the approval of a second semester, full-pay sabbatical for Sarah Huber, teacher at Project for Alternative Learning; Robyn Duff, fine arts teacher at Helena High; and Jesse Franzen, Helena Middle School teacher.
Huber will spend the time as an intern at the Green University, based in Pony, to develop middle and high school science and English lessons which tie primitive outdoor skills with writing.
Duff will continue her graduate work at Vermont College of Fine Arts and work with the HHS Art Club to plan and set up a student art show. The goal is to generate funds to support a trip to New York City where students can continue their study at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art.
Franzen’s sabbatical goal is to continue to enhance his own writing abilities in order to better empower his students to become more effective writers. He plans to write a young adult novel about family strife in rural Montana. He will participate in two writing groups which meet monthly and volunteer in a school on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation.
The district will hold a mail ballot for trustee and levy election on May 8.
Trustees decided last month that the advantages of greater security, increased voter turnout, voting efficiency and reduced confusion for those living in East Helena residing in the Helena High School District favored mail ballots.
The board reminded the public about the national search currently under way for a new superintendent. The position closes next week.
Trustees will review applications and select finalists to interview at a meeting scheduled for March 6. The board will conduct interviews the following week and community focus groups will be scheduled to provide the public the opportunity to meet the finalists.
A new superintendent is expected to be named by spring break.