By Christen Stark

Globe Staff Writer

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. - The Carl Junction R-1 Board of Education discussed some teacher evaluations during a closed meeting, but decisions on which contracts to renew were not made.

Superintendent Larry Thomas said the board will wait until after the public votes on a proposed 60-cent operating-levy increase on April 6. The results of that vote will determine how many teachers Carl Junction will hire for next school year.

According to information given to the public during a public forum on March 19, if the levy passes, three teachers and 7.5 support staff positions will be cut for the 2004-05 school year. If the levy fails, 17 teachers and 12.5 support staff positions will be cut.

The levy increase would provide $1 million that the district would use to cover part of what could be a $2.3 million reduction from state cuts.

The state requires the district to renew employment contracts by April 15.

During the closed session Monday, the board approved the retirement of Linda Ross, a first-grade teacher.

The board accepted the resignations, effective at the end of the school year, of Elaine Aiken, kindergarten music and art teacher; Jason Denton, junior high school art teacher; Andrea Hoekstra, high school language arts teacher; Mark Hoekstra, high school physical education teacher and coach; Jerry Schultz, high school band director; Nikki Tappana, second-grade teacher; and Meshelle Thompson, kindergarten teacher. Becky Edwards, a food-service worker in the second- and third-grade building, also resigned.

The board hired Kathy Case, a school bus driver, and Josh Bolinger, an assistant junior high school track coach.

All board members, Claudia Cox, Larry Cowger, Clay Dean, Don Gould, Lisa Knutzen, Rob Herron and Perry Thomas, were present. Carl Junction administration: (417) 649-7026.

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