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Red Wing School Board briefs

Student board representatives named

Red Wing High School juniors Jayden Jeck, Cayanne Korder and senior Megan Jeranek have been named as the student representatives to the Red Wing School Board. Assistant Principal Jason Kjos said administrators are searching for an additional senior representative.

Election judges needed

Superintendent Karsten Anderson told board members Tuesday, Sept. 5, that ballots for the November operating levy referendum vote have been received. Absentee voting begins Sept. 22 in the district office.

Board member Bethany Borgschatz reported that several election judges are still needed. Any trained head judges interested can email Borgschatz at baborgschatz@rwps.org.

Elementary PAC dissolved

Due to the inability to fill board positions and a lack of interest, the nonprofit that funded the Elementary Parent Advisory Committee has been dissolved.

The PAC held fundraisers to help with special projects and field trips, among other things.

"As of now, they have no accounts that they are holding money in," School Board member Bethany Borgschatz.

She said the remaining balance will be given to the district to help fund field trips. Board members expressed thanks to parent leaders and volunteers for their work over the years.

"It's been a true investment in our schools and classrooms," Borgschatz said. "It's hard, but this is also new opportunity for people to step up and see where they can take this group."

Personnel moves made

Hires: Gabrielle Zuerlein, special education teacher at Red Wing High School, effective 2017-18 school year (new position); Kristina Marler, kindergarten teacher at Sunnyside Elementary School, effective 2017-18 school year (new position); Jacob Rohl, night custodian at RWHS, effective Aug. 23, 2017 (due to a transfer); Valerie Powers, night custodian at RWHS, effective Sept. 1, 2017 (due to a transfer); Jade Rowell, special education teacher at Sunnyside Elementary School, effective 2017-18 school year (due to a reassignment).

Vanessa Baker, special education paraprofessional, effective Sept. 8, 2017; Natalie Thyren half-time choir and general music music teacher seventh and eighth grade, effective Sept. 5, 2017.

Additional hours: Cameron Riegelman, parking lot/student monitor at RWHS, effective Sept. 6, 2017. Peter Schreifels, special ed paraprofessional for RWHS, effective Sept. 6, 2017.

Resignation: Tim Ford, special education paraprofessional at Burnside Elementary School, effective Aug. 18, 2017; Jennie Wendland, special education paraprofessional for aquatic therapy, effective Aug. 23, 2017; Cheri Turcotte, education assistant at Twin Bluff Middle School, effective Aug. 27, 2017.

In other news ...

• Kristin Bray, an art teacher at Red Wing High School, presented information on several grants she received for professional development over the summer break. One grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities allowed Bray to travel to Lawrence, Kan., to attend a workshop on Native American and African-American experiences in education from 1830-1960. Bray also spent a week in Springfield, Mo., via grants from the Red Wing Public Schools Foundation and Fund For Teachers for instruction in video filming and editing for broadcast and film classroom work. Bray said the skills she learned will enhance the Media Arts 2 classes, which produces the Winger News for RWHS.

• The Red Wing High School agriculture department received a grant to build a small orchard near the main entrance sign off of Flower Valley Road. The grant covered the cost of supplies and trees. Teacher Elliot Kann and a group will be donating time to install fence posts and maintain the orchard.

• Meeting watch: Tuesday's meeting lasted approximately an hour. Board member Heidi Jones was not present. The next meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, at City Hall.

— compiled by Samantha Bengs, staff writer

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