O'Neill Public Schools started the 2019-20 school year on Tuesday, Aug. 20.
Students and staff at the junior-senior high school were greeted by the newly constructed main student entrance on the southwest corner of the campus.
Also completed prior to the first day of school were the new science wing, Center for Teaching and Learning, special education classrooms and junior high classrooms.
"We are so excited to be able to utilize the classroom portions of the Jr./Sr. High School expansion this fall. The new space brings an additional excitement to a time of year that is already ripe with new beginnings," said Superintendent Amy Shane. "We believe that they all will add to the already talented and caring staff that fills our classrooms."
Seven new staff members joined the district mid-term last year and this year.
Jr./Sr. High School Math Teacher
Danielle Birch, a native of Sioux Falls, SD, graduated from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Prior to joining the district, she taught at Creighton Community Public Schools and Lincoln Northeast High School.
She will be teaching junior-senior high school algebra and geometry. Her family includes her husband Jacob.
"I am excited to be an Eagle," she said.
A native of Albion, Shelly Frank graduated from Nevada Career Institute in Las Vegas and Southeast Community College in Lincoln.
"We have lived in O'Neill for 14 years. The kids are excited for this adventure their mom is starting," she said. "I am excited to work at O'Neill Public Schools. This community is blessed with some amazing teachers and great role models for our youth."
Prior to joining the district as a para-educator, Frank worked in the hospital setting for the last 15 years.
"I have coached youth volleyball in the past and helped with church teaching fourth graders," she said.
Her family includes her husband Garron and their three sons, Parker, junior in college; Greyson, third grader; and Maxwell, kindergarten.
"We also have three dogs, love watching sports and going boating," she said.
Activity Director & Guidance Counselor Secretary
Jennifer Gartner, a native of O'Neill, is serving as the activity director and guidance counselor secretary.
She graduated from O'Neill Public High School in 2004 and Wayne State College (WSC) in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in business management and human resource management.
After graduating from WSC, Gartner moved to Goodland, KS, and worked as a bookkeeper at First National Bank. In 2010, she started working at Avera St. Anthony's as a medical transcription personnel and at Opplinger Land and Cattle as a bookkeeper.
"I am very excited to be working for O'Neill High School," she said.
Her family includes her husband Rick and their two children Liam and Hailey.
A native of Atkinson, Lisa Krysl has live in O'Neill for the past 18 years. She is a graduate of West Holt Public Schools in Atkinson and Northeast Community College in Norfolk.
Prior to being hired as a para-educator for the district, Krysl served as a para-educator for Educational Service Unit (ESU) 8 at the Western Learning Center.
Her family includes her husband Jeremiah, a journeyman lineman for Niobrara Valley Electric and a rancher, and their two sons Tate, eighth grader, and Wade, sixth grader.
Jr./Sr. High School Art Teacher
Kelly Snader, a native of Higginsville, MO, graduated from Concordia University in Seward.
Prior to joining the district, she taught in Shenzhen, China, Lincoln, and Houston, Texas. She will be teaching junior-senior high school art.
Elementary Art Teacher
A native of Blair, Ethan Wick graduated from WSC. He will be teaching elementary art.
Wick also will serve as the assistant middle school cross country coach, assistant speech advisor and assistant middle school track coach.
Also hired by the district were Alicia Eaton and Brandon Jackson as elementary school custodians and Lenny Kraniewski as the head junior-senior high school custodian.