Board approves hiring Jim Hill principal

The Minot Public School Board approved on Thursday the hiring of Mike Arlien as head principal at Jim Hill Middle School for the next school year. Arlien is the current Jim Hill assistant principal. Cindy Mau, who has been principal at Jim Hill, will retire after this school year.

The board also approved the hiring of an additional assistant elementary school principal who will split his or her time between the district’s largest elementaries. The district already has an assistant principal who works at both Dakota and Washington Elementaries. The other schools that will share the services of the assistant principal next year are Longfellow, Lewis and Clark, and Edison Elementaries. All five have enrollment topping 400 students. The board decided the additional assistant principal is needed to help with the increasing workload.

The board also approved the sale of $10 million of the $19.5 million in bonds it will be selling for new school construction. Business manager Scott Moum said the district stands to get a better interest rate if it sells $10 million in bonds this year and the remainder next January, in another calendar year. The district also has a $20 million low-interest construction loan from the state.

Voters approved a $39.5 million bond issue for new school construction on April 8.