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Hudson -- The Hudson City School District will be adding four paid supplemental positions -- high school science olympiad advisor, Hudson Community First student board advisor, and two auditorium managers, one each for the high school and middle school.
The positions were unanimously approved Aug. 22 by the Hudson Board of Education.
All of these positions have been posted, but no recommendations have been made to fill them yet, according to Lisa Hunt, the district's human resources director.
"We are in the process of interviewing to find the best candidates and hope to make a recommendation to the Board with individuals at the next meeting [Sept. 12]," she said.
Hunt said science olympiad and the community first youth advisory board are "outstanding organizations for our students."
"The advisors for these clubs over the years have demonstrated passion and dedication to the programs and to the students," she said. "For years, staff have volunteered their time and talents. We are pleased that they were approved to be paid supplemental positions to honor the advisors' time and commitment."
Hunt said the position of high school science olympiad advisor has been in existence for almost 10 years as a non-paid club.
"Various high school science teachers have taken on that role, with Robert Ulrich, high school science teacher, overseeing the club last school year," she said.°"Likely, he will apply to be considered again this year."
Hunt said science olympiad offers Hudson High School students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to combine the math and science concepts that they are learning in the classroom setting.
"Students are pushed to research and investigate areas that are beyond the content covered in the typical curriculum," she said. "This is done through inquiry-based challenges.°Students are posed with a specific challenge, and they must design and test their solution to the problem.°They then compete with students from other local school districts and various competitions throughout the year."
Hunt said Alane Malerick, a math teacher at the high school, has been the community first student board advisor for the last four years and likely will apply to be considered again this year.
Hunt said the youth advisory board, which is for students in grades 9-12, is an organization that works to help the Hudson schools and greater community and provides service to local, national and worldwide organizations.
"The youth advisory board promotes leadership and management skills as students design and carry out various activities," she said.°"It provides a positive°environment for students to work in service to others while building their own self-worth."
She said some of the activities include Hudson Family Fun Night, Take a Second To Make a Difference Week, Smile Day, Ready-Set-Relax, Valentine's Flower Sale, Community Wide Day of Service, Salvation Army Bell Ringing, Mental Wellness Day, Career Panel & Intern for a Day, Holiday Sharing Program, and support/volunteerism for Snuggle Up and Read at Evamere, the annual Holiday Shoppe at East Woods and Moving Day Cleveland (which supports the Parkinson Foundation).° °
Regarding the two auditorium manager positions, both of which are new, Hunt said the district has been studying the need for almost three years.
"We are fortunate to have beautiful facilities and equipment that is used to ensure that our student performances and productions are of high quality," she said. "Although the custodian and maintenance staff, building administration, building secretaries, along with various performance directors, work hard to maintain the equipment, we believe it is essential to have one person responsible for ensuring all equipment is in good working order and safe, to train and supervise the use of the tech crew, and to facilitate productions for building, district and community performances."
The two managers will be in charge of equipment inventory management, training/supervision, productions and maintenance.