By Colton Hall
There’s going to be some new faces around the Colome Consolidated School District this year.
For starters, Colome will welcome a new K-12 principal in Debbie O’Doan. O’Doan is originally from Martin, but was most recently in Wyoming.
Wood will bring in a new kindergarden through third grade teacher in Mary White. White will be replacing Misty Brown.
In Colome, Shelby Ewing will be replacing Ben Connot as a special education teacher. Connot will be teaching special education in Winner.
Danielle Foss will be teaching fifth grade after teaching fourth grade last year. Bria Peppel will be replacing Foss as a fourth grade teacher.
Maria Bertram will be the new middle school ELA replacing Drew Weber. Chisyl Joy Cristobal will by teaching music/band, replacing Cheyenne Heath. Wade Juracek will be replacing Abby Smikle as the new high school English teacher.
On the athletic side of things, Gene Bertram will be the new football coach with his assistances being Terrance Kinzer and Chase Hrabanek. Willie Beckers will be taking over the new head boys basketball coaching responsibilities. Lisa Nicholas will also be moving from assistant to head track coach.
Kathy Hrabanek will be the new athletic director replacing Drew Weber.
Colome will bring a new ag shop program which will be taught by a new teacher, Sarah Manderfeld. Colome will also bring a new FFA Program which will teach the courses of Intro to Ag, Ag mechanics, Natural Resources, Wild game fisheries, welding, animal science, and plant science.
Superintendent Ryan Orrock is looking forward to the 2019-2020 school year.
“I’m excited for this year,” Orrock said. “I’m excited to get the kids, teachers, and faculty back into the school buildings, and I’m excited for all the new things that we’re bringing to the community of Colome.”
The first day of school will be on Aug. 14. New school hours are Monday through Thursday 8:15 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. and Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m.