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Red Wing School Board briefs

RWHS Program of Studies approved Students working as aides will no longer receive credit for the program. On Monday, School Board approved the Red Wing High School Program of Studies for 2014-15 school year with the elimination of granting credits for aide positions.

“I’m hoping that if kids are still interested in being aides, they can still serve as aides,” Supt. Karsten Anderson said.

Anderson said there are other options for students who have time in their schedule and need credit, such as online classes.

Board member Mark Ryan said he was concerned with the number of students reported to be working as aides. Beth Borgen, Red Wing High School principal, said there were close to 200 students working as aides when she spoke to the board in late December.

“If we’re not providing academic opportunities for that many students, we’re not serving those students well,” Ryan said.

Board member Mike Christensen said there are valuable lessons to be learned through the work aides do, but he thought the students would work as aides regardless of whether credit was granted.

GCED facilities planning moves forward Red Wing became the third of five districts in the Goodhue County Education District to approve consolidation of GCED facilities to one location in Red Wing.

GCED Executive Director Cherie Johnson said Zumbrota-Mazeppa and Cannon Falls had voted to move forward with the proposal prior to Tuesday’s meeting. The proposed site is adjacent to the high school where the tennis courts are.

Red Wing School Board member Steve Anderson said from a cost perspective that site makes sense for both the Red Wing School District and the GCED, but nothing is set in stone.

The project still needs approval from the Goodhue and Kenyon-Wanamingo school districts before going any further with the planning process or sale of land from Red Wing School District to GCED.

“We’re going to try and work on the best solution for all the parties involved,” Johnson said.

Personnel changes OK’d New hires: Travis Krig, day custodian at Twin Bluff Middle School, effective Dec. 26 due to a resignation; Erik Evans, grounds and arena worker, district wide, effective Jan. 7 due to a resignation; Pete Eberlein, special education teacher at Sunnyside Elementary School, effective Jan. 21 (new position); William Benson, arena custodian at Prairie Island and Bergwall ice arenas, effective Jan. 9.

Reassignment: Sheila Bergin, cook at Sunnyside Elementary School, effective Jan. 13 due to a reassignment.

Resignation: Kathy Gustafson, cook at RWHS, effective Jan. 25; Jen Herdina, Science teacher at RWHS, effective Jan. 17 pending the hiring of a qualified replacement; Lanette Heisler, cook at Twin Bluff Middle School, effective Dec. 30.

Retirement: Teresa Ludwing, education assistant at Twin Bluff Middle School, effective Feb. 7.

Meeting watch The workshop at Red Wing High School lasted about an hour and a half.

The next meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday Feb. 3 at City Hall.

-- compiled by John R. Russett, staff writer