MFL MarMac retiring staff recognized

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At its regular meeting May 8, the MFL MarMac School Board recognized four staff members who will retire at the end of the school year. Pictured (left to right) are superintendent Dale Crozier; retiring teachers Roberta Hass (second grade), Doug Martin (agriculture), Jonelle Kann (middle school special education and Title 1 reading) and Deb Reicks (kindergarten); and school board president Gina Roys. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Members of the MFL MarMac School Board were also recognized. Pictured (front, left to right) are Jonathon Moser, Tonya Meyer, Collin Stubbs, Gina Roys (president), Sharon Greener (vice president); (back) Joshua Grau and superintendent Dale Crozier. Not pictured is Brian Meyer.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

At its regular meeting May 8, the MFL MarMac School Board recognized four staff members who will retire at the end of the school year. Those retiring include second grade teacher Roberta Hass, agriculture teacher Doug Martin, kindergarten teacher Deb Reicks and Jonelle Kann, who teaches special education and Title 1 reading at the middle school. Between the four, they have over 120 years of teaching experience, said superintendent Dale Crozier.

Also recognized at the meeting was the MFL MarMac School Board, which includes Gina Roys (president), Sharon Greener (vice president), Jonathon Moser, Joshua Grau, Tonya Meyer, Brian Meyer and Collin Stubbs.

Staffing changes

The board approved several staff and coaching contracts. Sarah Wille will be the district’s new agriculture teacher, replacing Martin. 

Karen Suddendorf will co-teach and conduct high school instrumental music with Michelle Hontz, who will also now handle middle school band. Elementary music teacher Ashley McLaughlin will take on Hontz’s vocal music duties at the McGregor Center. The moves were made following the resignation of high school band director Christina Harbaugh last month.

Coaching contracts approved included Kyle Kirkestue and Mitch Seitz as assistant football coaches, Brent Pape as the head junior high wrestling coach, Dan Anderson as the assistant junior high wrestling coach, Brandon Burke as the middle school boys basketball coach, Natalie Heiring as the middle school volleyball coach and Kelly Winter as the high school varsity volleyball coach.

Baseball lights

Crozier said bid letting has begun for a second time for baseball field lights. There’s a chance the lights could be installed before the season is over, he noted.

Wayfinding signage

The school district will contribute $1,500 toward new wayfinding signage in Monona. Crozier said the school will be featured on five of the 10 signs.

“They’re going to be very visible and help with our appearance,” he said, adding that updates to some of the school’s other signage is also planned.

Food and Fitness

Crozier recommended that the district not participate next year in the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative. However, he said wellness meetings and activities will still continue.

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