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Lake Superior School Board Meeting; November 14, 2023

A representative from the accounting firm of Clifton, Larson and Allen was on hand at last week’s school board meeting to share the 2022-2023 audit with the Board. Though there was much detail to the report, the bot­tom line is that the auditor gave the school district the highest rating available (unmod­ified opinion) regarding fiscal management for 2022 – 2023. With the financial variability that has existed over the last few years and expenses that have been incurred related to construction projects, it is evident that Dis­trict Leadership have done an outstanding job of managing the accounts.

The Board approved a resolution of support to allow the North Shore Storm ski team to attend a Nordic Ski Trip to Michigan. The trip will take place next month from Decem­ber 7 through the 9th.

Julie Benson, Principal at Two Harbors High School, will be retiring at the end of January. Benson has worked for the district for 36 years and was lauded by Board members for the dedication, spirit, and care that she has shared with students, families, and staff alike. The Board accepted Benson’s re­tirement with regret.

The Board approved the hiring of Leah Verbrugge who will be joining the Spe­cial Education Department at Two Harbors High School. Parent Teacher Conferences have been held at all schools and were well attended. Students and staff at William Kelley have been dealing with cool temperatures in the building due to the need to replace the boiler which was done as part of the school construction project.

Two of the new boilers had defective parts that had to be replaced. Those defects were discovered after installation. Those boilers are up and running and the third should be online by the time this gets to press. The World Cultures Club will be holding a World Cultures Day on December 8th at Two Harbors High School. Community members are invited to attend for a fun and varied cultural experience.

As the end of the year approaches, please be aware of concerts that are scheduled to help celebrate the holiday season. The Two Harbors Senior High Band and Choir concert is scheduled for December 11th at 7:00. The THHS Junior High concert is scheduled for December 18 at 7:00 and plans are underway to hold a Holiday Concert at Minnehaha Elementary on December 14th. Winter Break will be held from December 23rd through January 2nd.

Rick Evans
Rick Evans
My wife, Marsha Kinzer (a proud DEHS Greyhound, class of ‘77) introduced me to the North Shore on vacation in 2012. It became our regular escape when the stress of our careers in education became overwhelming, and it didn’t take me long to fall in love with the breathtaking scenery, the nice people, and “salad” containing Jell-o and marshmallows. So you can either blame or thank my loving wife for my being here, because when we needed to choose a retirement hometown, Marsha advocated hard for her beloved Duluth, and here we are, six months later. Yes, this will be my first northern Minnesota winter. Yes, I welcome thoughts and prayers. Government, public policy, and social justice weighed heavily in the curriculums I taught at the high school level over a thirty-eight year career. In addition, we were a laboratory school focused on critical thinking in conjunction with technical and scientific writing. So when I found myself adrift on the great ocean of retirement and spied a raft, I jumped at the chance to take up what I’d left behind…minus the bad teachers’ lounge coffee. My position at the NSJ allows me to combine my passions for government and writing, and it’s helping me to feel less out of touch in new surroundings. When I’m not being “Cubby” (Marsha’s favorite new nickname for this green reporter) I enjoy pointing at eagles and saying, “Look, honey. There’s an eagle.” I’ve had an active side hustle as a professional musician for almost as many years as Charlie Parr. As a guitarist/singer/songwriter, I graced the stages of clubs and festivals around southern Wisconsin, including an appearance on A Prairie Home Companion. Should I even mention A Prairie Home Companion, or am I the only one here old enough to remember what that is? Look! An eagle!
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