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Pine River-Backus School Board: TeHennepe to resign at end of school year

The Pine River-Backus School Board accepted the resignation of second-grade teacher Susan TeHennepe effective at the end of the school year. TeHennepe started teaching at the Backus school in 1985. Board chair Chris Cunningham on Monday, Feb. 11,...

Pine River-Backus School Board members review the PBIS process from the elementary.
Pine River-Backus School Board members review the PBIS process from the elementary. Travis Grimler / Echo Journal

The Pine River-Backus School Board accepted the resignation of second-grade teacher Susan TeHennepe effective at the end of the school year.

TeHennepe started teaching at the Backus school in 1985. Board chair Chris Cunningham on Monday, Feb. 11, acknowledged TeHennepe's many years of service to the district.

Council member Dawn Rubner asked about the action to authorize posting for a replacement. Given a smaller elementary enrollment in the past school year, Rubner asked if the board should consider reducing one section.

Superintendent Dave Endicott clarified that they would not immediately fill the opening. Endicott said filling the position versus eliminating a section would be discussed at a later date in light of projected enrollment, budget and other considerations.

The board also accepted the resignation of industrial technology teacher Jason Trout and paraprofessional Shaun Howard and authorized replacement.

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In other business Monday, the board:

• Heard a presentation by teacher Noelle Johnson on the school's Positive Behavioral Intervention Support system. Teachers are trained to reinforce positive behaviors in students in a way that prevents negative behavior.

• Recognized teachers who completed Envoy training, including Noelle Johnson, Shari Kamholz, Jenny Sether and Alexis Anderson.

• Recognized bus dispatcher Tracy DeGrote, Endicott's monthly Tiger Pride award recipient.

• Approved application for a grant from the Minnesota State High School League Foundation.

• Agreed to hire Jeff Lindstrom as industrial technology teacher, as well as varsity basketball coach Mike Dinnel, assistant baseball coach Ben Kinser, junior high baseball coach Terry Brink, varsity softball coach John Riewer, assistant softball coach Travis Hoffarth, junior high softball coach Shaun Howard, varsity boys golf coach Steve Heslop, varsity girls golf coach Mark Gonnion, assistant golf coach Jake Hradsky, varsity boys track coach Tom Demars, varsity girls track coach Tim Ramler, assistant track coach Naomi Horn, assistant track coach Justin Franke and assistant speech coach Jacob Burkman.

Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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