McCOOK, Nebraska -- Another McCook High School alumni is coming home to teach.
The McCook Board of Education approved Monday night at the regular meeting the teaching contract for Richard Smock, a recent MHS graduate.
Smock will teach Social Studies at the McCook Senior High.
He graduated from Chadron State College in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in education, subject endorsement in history and a coaching endorsement. He is now pursing a Masters in educational administration at Chadron.
Board member Shane Messersmith commented that Smock is the latest MHS graduate who has been hired to teach at McCook Public Schools.
"I see a theme here," he joked.
In February, the school board approved the teaching contract for Kim (Brown) Heimann, a 2005 MHS graduate, as the junior high language arts teacher.
The board also approved Monday night the teaching contract for Erin Milton, as the resource teacher for the junior high.
Superintendent Grant Norgaard said that Milton is now student teaching at McCook Elementary.
She will graduate from Hastings College in May 2012 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education and special education K-12.
In other action, the board accepted with gratitude the resignation of Dee Freihe, who has taught at McCook Public Schools for 30 years, April Green, with 24 years with district and Amy McNeff, with four years of teaching.
Friehe and Green requested the Early Retirement Incentive program offered by the school district.