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Updates from the Lake Superior School Board

Tanner Spawn, Business Manager for the Lake Superior School District, gave a presentation at last week’s school board meeting that outlined the 2024 budget and tax levy. The Board approved the levy amount of $4,947,802. Overall, 60% of the district’s yearly budget comes from income and sales taxes collected by the State, while 20% comes from the local property tax levy. Additional funds come to the District from the Taconite Property Tax Relief Fund. Spawn stated that the levy has been fairly level over the last six years. For a property worth $275,000, the levy amount will be around $450.

Michael Emerson has been hired to fill the Assistant Principal position at Two Harbors High School. Gina Kleive will replace Julie Benson as Principal. Benson is retiring in January. Emerson was one of five candidates being considered for the position at THHS. He was the Assistant Principal at Ordean-East Middle School in Duluth, prior to coming to Two Harbors.

If you’re looking to expand your horizons with interesting activities, check out the winter edition of the Ripple. The Community Education mission is to offer lifelong learning opportunities to all residents of the district. This winter’s offerings include morning and evening Lap Swim Sessions, Embroidery Basics for Kids, First Aid Certification, Yoga, Quilting, Belly Dancing, beekeeping, and Pilates classes to name a few. Most offerings are available in Silver Bay and Two Harbors. Additionally, there are Community Education Round Table discussions scheduled at Two Harbors High School (January 22nd) and at William Kelley School (February 8th). The Community Ed folks want to hear both your feedback and learn your thoughts about new ideas and programs that might be of interest.

Winter break starts on December 22nd and runs through January 1st. The next School Board meeting is scheduled for January 9th at 6:00 p.m.

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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