Hillman board to hire new band director

HILLMAN — The Hillman Community Schools Board of Education approved on Monday a new band teacher position for the school district.

“I consider this position new to the district because I don’t think we have had band here in three or four years,” Hillman Superintendent Carl Seiter said.

The band teacher position will be a full-time position and the teacher will work at both the elementary school and the Jr./Sr. High School.

“You have the band, drama, and fine arts type of child, you have the athletic type of child and you have kids that may choose to not to do the right thing,” Seiter said. “You eliminate one or the other and now parents have a 50/50 chance of their kids making wrong choices, and that’s the way I personally look at it.”

Seiter said the school district should appeal to the kids that want art, drama, and music as part of their curriculum.

“Those kids are as important as the other kids in our school district,” he said. “That’s why I feel so strongly about this.”

Seiter told the board the new teacher will do different things since the program is starting from the bottom. There have also already been talks with potential candidates for the new position.

“I’m confident that with the reinstatement of this position that we are going to be able to make an offer,” Seiter said. “I’m thinking that the position will begin in the second semester this school year.”

The board approved a K-5 Math Interventionist position for the school district and the board approved the resignation of teacher/athletic director Scott Cordes, effective Jan. 31.

Julie Goldberg can be reached via email at jgoldberg@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5688.