The former athletic director of the Holland School District has been rehired by the School Board but in a reduced role as part-time physical education teacher.
Matthew Adams, who was laid off last spring in one of several cost-cutting measures, is resuming his position as a part-time physical education teacher but without the additional and more visible duties he once held as the district’s athletic director. Last year his responsibilities in both posts translated into a full-time position.
Once Adams was laid off, however, another physical education teacher, Timothy Buckenmeyer, was appointed athletic director.
School officials say Adams’ removal was based on seniority, as was his return, which came from the preferential hiring list the district maintains for one year after layoffs.
Superintendent Cathy Fabiatos, who was not part of the decision-making process that cut the popular instructor’s position, said, “There was a need in the elementary school. For now, the position is approved until the end of the school year. I don’t know yet how it’s going to pan out.”
A small increase in enrollment, as well as an increase in students with special-education needs, led to the hire, she said.
Those same conditions also are causing additional personnel adjustments at the elementary level, including the hiring of a fourth-grade teacher, which will expand the fourth grade from two sections to three.
In other matters, the board agreed to amend the superintendent’s contract. The district will pay a $50 monthly stipend to Fabiatos as reimbursement for her using her personal cellphone for school business. The superintendent, who was hired in July, said the district originally gave her a school-issued phone but that she found having two phones awkward.
Also, updates from the directors of pupil personnel services and of curriculum will now be part of the board’s monthly meetings. These reports will be in addition to those from the principals of the elementary and the junior/senior high schools, who began making monthly appearances at board meetings last year in an effort to improve communication.