ATHENA - The contract between the assistant cooks and the school district was a source of confusion at Athena's School Board meeting Monday.

Linda Gillum, an assistant cook, told the board she did not know who her supervisor was and her allotted time was not enough to complete her duties. A title change to head cook and a pay raise would satisfy her frustrations, she said.

At the beginning of the school year, she and the other assistant cook were given $100 raises to share the responsibilities of head cook, but the situation was never reviewed as they were told it would, she said. "We are worth more than $100 extra a month."

Gillum addressed the board during the public comment portion of the meeting.

Superintendent Rick Hensel told the board he thought the solution was to hire an aide for each of the facilities to help the cooks.

"I know they are capable of planning meals and stocking, they just need more time," he said.

Hensel told the board he would review the cook situation. He also urged the board to consider using money left over from last year to upgrade the district's technology.

"On Sept. 11 we did not even have a TV in the school to see what was going on," he said.

In other business the board:

•Accepted the resignation of Weston-McEwen High School volleyball coach Mike Kyles after 27 years coaching. He will be extremely hard to replace, Hensel said.

•Accepted the donation of a kiln valued at more than $2,000 from Mark Bolander and Kristin Ryan of Pocatello, Idaho. Hensel previously taught Ryan.

•Agreed to hire Sharon Gillworth as a resource aide for the special education program.

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