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New teachers hired for upcoming school year

March 19, 2019

By Brooke Hasse

For the upcoming school year, WPBHS will have a few new faces on campus. So far two new teachers have been hired.

Scott Black has been hired to teach science. One of the main classes he will teach will be Physical Science. Currently, Black is teaching in Sargent Bluff and has been there for several years.

Black said, “Beginning a successful new chapter in my teaching and coaching career and meeting the students, parents and staff in the community is what I am most looking forward to.”

He added, “I view myself as approachable, caring about all students with high expectations for student achievement. I also love teaching hands-on science! On a personal note, I am married with two children, both graduated from high school in Sergeant Bluff. I also love dogs (especially my golden retriever Baylee)! I like spending time outdoors and travelling whenever time allows.”

            There were quite a few applicants for this position, but according to Superintendent Bill McAllister, they interviewed three different people.

            McAllister said Black was very “hands-on” and “engaging.”

Next year, WPBHS will also have a new industrial arts teacher, Scott Anderson who is currently teaching in Schuyler and before was in Fremont.

            Black has quite a bit of experience. McAllister said, “It was good to hear other schools say, ‘Good luck, but we are going to fight to keep him here’.” For this position, there were not as many applicants.  


-Athletic director search-

The school is also hiring for a new athletic director. There was a lot of interest in this position as the district had 35 applications.

            In order to narrow it down, they had “certain criteria” that they were looking for as McAllister put it. They were looking for someone with experience. Also, they really considered the character that each person has.

A big factor in narrowing it down was communicating with the applicant’s references. This allowed the administration to narrow it to just nine phone interviews.

McAllister said that out of the nine interviews “seven could have come in for an in-house interview.” In the end though, they narrowed it down to three.

The final three came in for an interview last Wednesday.

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