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Borgen gets new assignment

Red Wing High School Principal Beth Borgen will move to a new position within the district next academic year.

Borgen will be reassigned as a high school principal on special assignment and fill the role of director of support services, which will help address some district-level needs, Supt. Karsten Anderson told the School Board Monday night.

Those areas will primarily be working with two state-mandated programs – the new teacher evaluation system and the World’s Best Workforce program.

“The responsibilities are significant,” Anderson said, adding Borgen will have many other responsibilities in this role aside from working with these two programs.

Borgen also will serve as the district’s human rights officer, a position currently held by Director of Teaching and Learning Joe Jezierski.

The district will hire a replacement for Borgen at the high school, which is expected to cost $150,000 to $160,000.

“I know it’s another new cost,” School Board member Mike Christensen said, “but it’s a cost we really can’t avoid.”

The district also voted to approve repairs on Prairie Island Arena (up to $790,000), new tennis courts (up to $700,000), keeping two teaching positions ($160,000) along with transportation changes (up to $55,000 increase in transportation costs from this year.)

Board member Paul Kramp said he was not comfortable making this decision Monday night – especially with such financial ramifications – without more information.

“I think the board is going down a dangerous path,” he said, adding there was a lot of money being spent with little direction. Kramp said he was in agreement about the need for the position, but he wanted to make sure the district wasn’t spending money it didn’t have.

The new position won’t make life any easier for anyone, Anderson said, but it will enable the district to accomplish more at the administrative level.

Creating the new position and reassigning Borgen passed 6-1; Kramp voted no.

John R. Russett

John Russett is a regional reporter for RiverTown Multimedia, covering a variety of issues facing RiverTown communities. Previously, he worked at the Red Wing Republican Eagle, where he reported on education as well as crime and courts. 

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