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Lake Superior School Board Meeting; April 11, 2023

The End Of The School Year Is Just Around The Corner.

As the 2022 – 23 school year begins to wind down, the Lake Superior School Board plans for the coming Fall semester.

William Kelley Schools Principal Joe Nicklay is retiring at the end of the current term and will be replaced by Curriculum Di­rector Dan Johnson. All administrative staff in the district have specific duties related to their positions that go beyond their job titles. Administrative staff will work collectively to “fill in gaps” and make sure that all ad­ministrative duties are covered. In addition to taking on the responsibilities of being the William Kelley Principal, Johnson will retain his duties as Curriculum Director.

The Board approved a resolution for the laying off of all Educational Assistants. This is an annual reduction which allows the dis­trict to assess needs for next year before awarding Educational Assistant contracts. In other staff news, Emma Craig has been ap­proved as a long term substitute for the Two Harbors High School Choir and Preschool Teacher Ann Carlson will be retiring after 20 years of service to the District.

Due to the fact that there are a small number of participants in the Boy’s Golf program, the Board voted to approve an Athletic Cooper­ative between William Kelley and Two Har­bors High schools. This will allow interested students to compete for the season.

The Board also endorsed the process to ac­quire 4 to 5 school buses. Funding will come from Esser Educational funds and District officials will be looking into options to pur­chase transportation that will meet the Dis­tricts needs. Drivers are also needed, so in­terested residents should contact the district office for application materials.

Jay Belcastro shared that conversations are happening with State Legislators to secure funding for school improvement projects. Belcastro indicated that action on this has not been taken yet, but he expects to know more of the specifics next month.

Community Education is gearing up for the Spring and Summer. Among other opportuni­ties, Gardening and Behind the Wheel class­es will be offered.

Teaching staff will be involved in Profes­sional Development learning over the sum­mer. Training will be offered for implemen­tation of the new math curriculums and staff will also be attending a workshop on assess­ment, which will involve looking at interpret­ing test results and planning to address areas where improvement is needed.

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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