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Red Lake School Board approves 3-year Superintendent Contract with Anne M. Lundquist

New Superintendent will start on July 1, 2014

At the Regular Red Lake School Board Meeting held on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, by a vote of 4-0 the board approved a 3-year superintendent contract with Anne M. Lundquist, who was informally hired in February 2014.

Of nine applications, five of which were interviewed by the School Board for the Red Lake Schools Superintendent position, the Board voted in favor of offering a contract to Anne M. Lundquist.

Former Interim Superintendent Brent Gish was hired by the Board to assist in the superintendent search process in the fall of 2013 and did an outstanding job in putting together the candidates. Current Interim Superintendent Ev Arnold will retire in June of this year. He was hired in that capacity after the retirement of Superintendent Steve Wymore.

Lundquist will take over the helms on July 1, 2014, but has stated she will visit the district in the upcoming months to get involved earlier and get to know the people and community she will be working with.

Other items on the agenda included approving over $980,000.00 in bills, a presentation from the Minnesota Department of Education asking permission for the Red Lake School District to participate in the delivery of exemplary sexual health education, improve adolescents' access to health services, and establish safe and supportive environments for all students, an update on the 21st Century, MOFAS and Community Education grants and goals, and an report on the Civility Taskforce.

Administrative reports were presented by all buildings and departments, and the Board voted to accept the bid from Red Lake Builders in the amount of $33,505.15 for the demolition of the former Administration Building. The demolition should be completed in April.

Seven non-renewal of teacher contracts were acted on, three expulsions and a second reading of the 2014-15 school calendar.

Towards the end of the meeting, the Board had a discussion on going from a 6-member board to a 7-member board--which could happen this year with the November elections nearing--and also discussed the possibility of a later starting time for all Red Lake Schools, based on new information and research in student performance. This could happen at the start of the 2014-15 school year.


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