July 17, 2013 | Volume 100/Number 28

Time Out: No Girls Basketball Coach Yet

Board Vote On Thibault's Return To Scottie Bench Rescinded After Executive Session

The Glasgow School Board had the hiring of activity director Willie Thibault as head girls’ basketball coach on the agenda for last Wednesday’s regular meeting, but ended up not voting on the item.

Thibault was the Glasgow girls’ coach for five years, resigning in April 2012. He had earlier coached at several other schools in Montana and North Dakota. Chuck Barstad coached the girls last year but declined to continue.

At the meeting, School Superintendent Bob Connors recommended Thibault as most qualified for the position. A motion to hire him was made and seconded, according to Clerk Kelly Doornek.

Then trustee Dave Irving requested that the meeting be closed for a discussion in executive session. When the public session resumed 20 minutes later, the motion to approve hiring Thibault was rescinded. Connors was directed to reopen the position.

Details about the job are posted on the school district website, although no salary is listed. One late application was received, Doornek said.

Wage increases were approved for bus drivers and substitute teachers. A top salary of $14 per hour was approved for route drivers and activity bus drivers can earn $11 per hour. They get less per hour because they are paid for a lot of wait time at away games, Doornek said.

Substitute teachers were given a $5 raise, going to $85 a day.

A new superintendent’s contract was approved. Connors made a total of $98,432 last year, his first as superintendent in his home town. This year, with the added demands of overseeing the building projects, he will get a 6.85 percent increase, for a total of $105,175.

Doornek also received a raise, 3.5 percent this year and 4 percent next year.

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