“I’m always a busy person, therefore I’ll stay a busy person,” Wells promised those paying attention to her retirement plans.
Wells coming back as an enrichment teacher will involve working with kids in science and math in supplemental curriculum.
The board approved offering a contract to Wells, who in addition to being a former Dexter High School science teacher has lead the Ocean and Science Bowl teams, the National Honors Society, and numerous other clubs and sports activities.
She will now teach part-time at Creekside Intermediate School for the 2015-2016 school year.
“I’m delighted to see Mrs. Wells return,” said Board President Michael Wendorf.
While Wells’ return to working with students will be of great value to the student population, particularly in the areas of math and science, district officials are struggling with finding enough good help in the area of substitute teaching.
Superintendent Chris Timmis discussed with the DCS Board of Education earlier this week a shortage of substitute teachers and substitute paraprofessionals facing not only the Dexter school system but districts across the state of Michigan.
“We averaged 21 substitute teachers in the district per day last year,” said Timmis, who told the board that the Ann Arbor school district may increase the rate it pays substitute teachers from $70 per day to $100, in which case Dexter may raise its daily pay rate to $90.
Substitute coverage is contracted through the Professional Education Services Group.
In other October 26 Board of Education meeting news:
The Dexter school district received good news from audit presenter Kim Lindsay (Lewis & Knopf, CPAs, P.C.) told the board, “Dexter is still financially strong as a district.”
The board accepted (6-0 Darr absent) the 2014-2015 audit, which can be viewed in the below embedded document.
The board also approved (6-0) a resolution to support the Michigan Schools Energy Cooperative. Diane Block, the group’s president, asked the school district to support urging the Michigan Legislature to continue the current opportunity for school districts to purchase electric supply from alternative energy suppliers at significant savings.
In other action, Sandra Darr was chosen as Alternate Director to the Metropolitan Joint Risk Management Trust in a 6-0 vote.
Content and Community Manager Sean Dalton contributed to this report.
This story was edited to clarify that Cheryl Wells was brought on as an “enrichment” teacher.