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Barry ISD welcomes six new employees

Jessica Courtright

Contributing Writer

The Barry Intermediate School District Board of Education approved the hire of six new employees at its Oct. 8 meeting  in the district's administration office.

With the school year underway, Superintendent Rich Franklin expressed excitement in welcoming the  new employees. With these positions filled, every Barry ISD Great Start Readiness Program classroom will be staffed with a full-time teacher and teacher associate, he said.

The hires include two full-time GSRP teachers: Mary Strasser and Sarah Martin.

Strasser has previously worked for the district as a teacher associate. Franklin said he was happy to have Strasser return as well as “seeing employees move up within the Barry ISD as they grow and develop their skills.”

Martin is new to the district. She was previously employed at the intermediate school district in Grand Rapids.

The three teacher associates hired were: Terryn Scobey, Deborah Schreiber, and Jessica Valenzuela. All three also are new to the Barry ISD, according to Franklin.

The sixth hire is Sharon Olson, who will be working as a bus driver for the Barry ISD.  Olson is currently serving as Irving Township clerk. She has experience driving buses for Forest Hills Public Schools. She also served in U.S. Army Reserve for six years in the medical headquarters detachment and, later, in the medical logistic detachment.

During the meeting, Franklin said he is still seeking a speech-language pathologist, to replace Diane Huberty, who resigned.


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