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Pequot Lakes: School board approves personnel changes

In a special meeting held before their regular work session Monday, May 4, the Pequot Lakes School Board approved two personnel changes for the 2015-16 school year.

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In a special meeting held before their regular work session Monday, May 4, the Pequot Lakes School Board approved two personnel changes for the 2015-16 school year.

Superintendent Chris Lindholm said the approval of these changes was done in a special meeting, as opposed to their regularly scheduled meeting two weeks later, as a courtesy to the school districts the two new hires are leaving. Making their hiring official allows them to submit their resignations, which allows those districts to begin the hiring process for replacements.

The district hired Benjamin Johnston to serve as the teaching and learning coordinator, replacing Tracy Tschida on July 1. Lindholm said Tschida requested to return to the classroom and serve as a social studies teacher.

The board also hired Joanna O'Neil as a special education teacher, effective Aug. 24. She is the wife of recently hired middle school principal Michael O'Neil.

In their work session, the school board heard a report from activities director Marc Helmrichs, who informed them that the upcoming high school football season will begin a few weeks earlier than usual and end early as well. With the Metrodome no longer available for the state football tournament, which will instead take place outdoors at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, the Minnesota State High School League decided to move the season up in hopes of hosting the tournament in warmer temperatures.

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The board was also presented a more detailed draft of the 2016 expenditure budget by business manager Jenny Max.

Dan Determan has been a reporter for the Echo Journal since 2014, primarily covering sports at Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus
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