June 23, 2016
Viita takes 8th in State Golf Tournament; Lilya takes 13th
The North Woods boys and girls golf teams did themselves proud at the Class A State Golf Tournament held in Becker last Tuesday and Wednesday. Spencer Viita accomplished his goal of finishing in the top 10 to take All-State honors. He shot a 74 on the second day of the tourney.
Others on the Grizzly boys team included Tate Olson who finished 44th.
The Grizzlies girls did quite well, too. Kristen Lilya, who is making a name for herself, took 13th after firing an 85 in her second round. Eighth-grader Nicole Olson took 38th, Bailey Johnson 82nd, Kylie Parson 83rd, Kate Beaudry 84th, and Ashley Vito 86th.
Congratulations to the North Woods Grizzlies golfers.
There's a new vet at Vermilion Veterinary Clinic
by Isaiah Albertson
There's a new vet in town! Dr. Jack Anderson from Zumbrota has joined the staff at the Vermilion Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Anderson, wife Renee and their sons Lane and Chase have recently moved up north near Ely.
Dr. Anderson brings 27 years of veterinary experience to the clinic. After earning his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, Dr. Anderson founded Anderson Veterinary Services with his brother in Zumbrota, Minn. There, Dr. Anderson primarily treated dairy and beef cows, along with equine. Anderson Veterinary Services was a busy clinic that slowly grew over the years to taking care of three sale barns and countless cows.
Dr. Anderson has come to the Vermilion Veterinary Clinic to enjoy the lakes of the North after vacationing here for 12 years. Dr. Anderson will continue to practice large animal medicine as well as small animal medicine.
Personnel matters dominated the ISD 2142 special board meeting held Tuesday, June 14, at 5 p.m. at the District Office in Virginia. Coaches for the 2016 fall season were hired after North Woods volleyball coach Tom Burnett's name was removed. Coaches hired were as follows:
Cherry: Sara Matuszak, head volleyball; Tracy Sauter, assistant volleyball; Jordan Christianson, assistant football, Jason Marsh, assistant football.
North Woods: DeeAnn Sandberg, assistant volleyball; Karis Antikainen, assistant volleyball; John Jirik, head football; Jeff Chaulklin, assistant football; Joel Anderson, assistant football; Dan Squires, assistant cross-country (co-op with South Ridge).
Northeast Range: Jodi Rogers-Reichensperger, head volleyball; Misty Roseth, assistant volleyball; Mark Fabish, head football; Ron Marinaro, assistant football; Ellen Pierce, co-assistant cross-country (co-op with South Ridge)*; Nissa Koivisto, co-assistant cross-country (co-op with South Ridge).* (*This assistant coach position is a full stipend position, to be split by co-assistant coaches.)
South Ridge School: Brad Olesiak, head volleyball; Bridget Paulson, assistant volleyball; Amy Hudspith, assistant volleyball; Brent Johnson, head football; Adam Janke, assistant football; Dan Nelson, assistant football; Jeremy Polson, head cross-country.
Supt. Steve Sallee reported the job fair held at the South Ridge School was very successful. He said the district picked up two teachers and maybe one more, plus a couple of paras and possibly some drivers. He felt that they should definitely do this again and add a job fair up north. Sallee also said that Orr board member Nancy Glowaski had inquired about life insurance for board members. The cost for policies of $30,000 would be $4,973.04 a year. This would be term life insurance. This will be discussed at the upcoming board retreat.
Sallee also reported that rates for health insurance from the co-op have come in and would be 22-1/2 percent higher than last year. This would cost the district $250,000 more.
Early Childhood Director DaNeil Sirjord gave her annual report on ECFE. The number in Early Childhood Family Education dropped to a total of 242 last year from 393 the year before. The reason is she couldn't find staff for South Ridge, which had four classes before. Learning Readiness had 152 students for 2015-2016 compared to 139 for the previous year. For 2016-2017 the total is 99 so far.
Transportation Director Kay Cornelius recommended the best use for the three new propane powered buses be with the North Woods School. Como Oil & Propane will install a propane tank/pumping station at no charge to the district for use as long as the propane is purchased from them.
The district has been going over their policies and replacing many. A long list of policies had their first readings at this meeting and then eliminated several.
Special Education teacher Ann Demoski-Roberts was placed on special assignment with the Northland Learning Center from South Ridge with all expenses paid by NLC.
Title I teachers Mary Larson and Amy Nelson were placed on Unrequested Leaves of Absence (ULA).
Probationary teachers Jessica Arver, 0.53 FTE Title I at South Ridge, Nathaniel LeBeque, 0.53 FTE Title I at North Woods, and Mary Fleetwood, 0.30 FTE Title I at Cherry, probationary teachers, were terminated.
The following probationary teachers were hired effective Aug. 31: Rachel Thom, 1.0 FTE Elementary at Northeast Range; Claudia Zupancic, 1.0 FTE Elementary at Northeast Range; Alethea Montgomery, 1.0 FTE Elementary at South Ridge; Natalie Grussendorf-Aho, 1.0 FTE Elementary at South Ridge; and Katie Siats, 1.0 FTE Elementary at South Ridge. Brandon Cavanaugh was hired as a bus driver for Cherry.
The meeting adjourned at 5:55 p.m.
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