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AUSTIN EDITION AUSTIN SCHOOL BOARD NOTEBOOK Library to donate books to students

Austin Public Library will be giving a book to every student in first and fourth grades. The books are written by children's author Marion Dane Bauer, who plans to visit the library July 7 for various events. It's part of the library's summer reading program.

Board members approved contracts Monday for Jayne Gibson, curriculum coordinator, and Amy Baskin, director of Community Education, communications and public affairs.

Gibson, who began last summer, will have a $77,000 annual salary. Baskin, who started this spring, will make $75,000 a year. Both contracts are effective July 1.

The board accepted the resignation of Bonnie Erickson, special education coordinator at Woodson Community School, effective June 3.

Contracts were approved for Jodi Andrews, a special education teacher at Ellis Middle School; Bradley Dahnert, a teacher at Sumner Elementary School; Sena Ehrhardt, an Area Learning Center teacher; Julie Hale, an Austin High School social worker; Nicole Krautbauer, a music teacher at Neveln Elementary School; Jens Levisen, a math teacher at Austin High; Robyn Nordby, a psychologist for the district; and Karie Schlomann, an art teacher at Ellis.

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Susan Ellis, an English as a Second Language teacher at Sumner Elementary School, has resigned for other employment.

Board members approved an extended field trip for students in Austin High School's Area Learning Center, an alternative-school program. The trip will be from July 23-29 at PIP-Camp in Virginia, Minn., for about six students to develop leadership qualities.

An Austin High band trip from March 21-27 to Orlando, Fla., was approved. About 80 to 100 students are expected to travel there to perform as a marching band in parades. Band director Jared Dawson and several parents will supervise.

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