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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • School district opts to move in a new administrative direction

  • When Wade Mathers announced he would be resigning from his position as RVMS principal, the easy action for the school district’s leadership would have been to just hire a new person to fill that role....
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  • When Wade Mathers announced he would be resigning from his position as RVMS principal, the easy action for the school district’s leadership would have been to just hire a new person to fill that role. Rather than just jump into that decision, the Redwood Area Board of Education held a discussion with its administrative leadership May 6 to find out what other options it had. After conducting a discussion at that special meeting, the board moved forward with a new idea that would include some changes in administration. The board officially approved those changes at its meeting held May 19. Among the changes approved by the board is the creation of two new positions, including a Grades 5-12 assistant principal, with one Grades 5-12 principal serving both school sites. According to Rick Elling-worth, Redwood Area School District superintendent, the Grades 5-12 principal position would be taken on by Rick Jorgenson, who is currently the RVHS principal. He added the assistant principal would be hired from a pool of applicants, with the intent of having that person in place within the next few weeks. There are currently 650 students in the RVMS/HS school building, with 60 staff serving those students. With consistent trends showing declining enrollment, the need for two full-time principals was not deemed necessary for the future. While an assistant principal is going to be hired for the district, the individual would still be required to have a Minnesota principal’s licensure to do the job.
    The school board also approved a move to create a new position of activities director and teacher, which would allow for a transition for one year. Currently activities director Dennis Stoterau is stepping down at the end of that school year, and the creation of this role would help to establish a seamless transition for the new person as they move into that role full time. During the first half of the 2014-15 school year the teacher who would be on assignment to fulfill the activities director duties, who be an .83 FTE teacher and a .17 activities director, with the position moving to a 50-50 role in the second half of the year. In other personnel during its meeting, the school board: • Approved a move for Jeannie Uhlenkamp from a 1.0 FTE elementary school special education teacher to a 1.0 FTE high school special education teacher and Janet DePuy from a 1.17 FTE high school English and French teacher to a 1.0 FTE high school English teacher. • Approved the employment of Robin Beske and Darren Tighe as ALP summer program teachers for 70 hours each.

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