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Jackie Nielsen

Sam Craig Daily Sun staff

The Beatrice Public Schools Board of Education voted unanimously to create and fill a new position of assistant superintendent at its regular meeting Monday evening.

Jackie Nielsen,  currently serving as director of curriculum for BPS, was approved by the board to become the district’s assistant superintendent beginning in the 2018-2019 school year.

She will be joining the district’s recently-approved superintendent, Jason Alexander, who will also begin at the start of the next school year.

The change is part of a central office restructuring, according to current superintendent, Pat Nauroth. With the restructuring, the district will see its current four-person team go down to just three people. The change will still provide oversight for both the district and its programs, Nauroth said, and it will also save finances.

The newly-created position of assistant superintendent will oversee curriculum instruction and assessment, personnel, budget and other areas, Nauroth said, and Nielsen was the obvious choice.

“Based on her skills, background and ability, I think she is a logical choice to move into that,” Nauroth said. “Based on mainly a lot of things, but the fact that the assistant superintendent position will focus a lot of their time on curriculum and instruction and assessment, which is one her of many strengths.”

The Board of Education also approved administrator salaries for the next school year, including Nielsen, who will be paid $135,851 for her role, in addition to $24,183 in fringe benefits, for a total of $160,034. Nauroth said those wages and benefits are comparable for similar positions.

"I'm excited for Jason Alexander to be here," Nielsen said Tuesday. "I think he and I complement each other. As I look at both our personalities, we are outgoing, we are forward thinking. We're pretty driven and high energy. And I'm excited to keep the district moving forward with his help, his guidance and his support."

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