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Two Long Time Teachers Retiring at Year’s End

12 Feb News

Two familiar faces in the Tomahawk School District will be retiring at the end of the school year.

At last night’s board meeting, administrators praised both Dottie Anderson and Becky Frese. The two have combined for 55 years of experience in the Tomahawk School District.

Anderson will retire after 22 years mainly in the Elementary School Special Education Department. Mitch Hamm twice used the word remarkable when describing her, saying that the two learned from each other and she was able to be balanced.

Meanwhile Frese will retire after 33 years largely in physical education and health departments. High School Principal Scott Swenty called Frese an educational leader, and noted that she would often assist students pursuing a health pathway after High School.

Other notes from last night’s School Board meeting, they approved their consent agenda items. Volunteer coaches approved include: Amanda McKellips and Chris Uttech, Softball; Jack Jarvensivu, Anthony Klein and Troy Gullo, Baseball; and Sid Lokken, Golf.

District Administrator Sherri Baker gave an update on the year to date financials saying they are on target, with the expenditures down slightly, and revenues up. She congratulated the board on their 1st official paperless meeting and received positive feedback. She also says at this point the district will not have to extend the school year, but they are up against the edge on missed time due to weather. Finally she says she and the other administrators will continue to follow up on the I Will Defend… anti bullying program.

Athletic Director Shane Saari pointed out two acts of sportsmanship by Hatchet Teams. This includes the Tomahawk Basketball team’s actions when Rhinelander played a senior who lives with a cognitive disorder. Second was the wrestling team and coaching staff who lead the crowd at a wrestling meet in an accapella version of the National Anthem after technical difficulties with the sound system.

The middle school is continuing their Digital Citizenship education which focuses on the responsibilities living in this Technology information world. The next topic they’ll cover will be cyberbullying.

The High School Guidance Counselors have been busy as students participate in scheduling, prepare for their ACT’s, and make decisions on continuing education after graduation.

Speaking of graduation the board approved Maddie Garrison as the recipient of the Academic Excellence Scholarship, with Tiffany Knight as alternate. Principal Scott Swenty noted both for their outstanding GPA’s and their overall academic work throughout their High School careers.

Finally the board was updated on the Visiting Teacher Program. All the details have been worked out and a teacher from Russia is scheduled to arrive later this week and will be participating at the school similar to the program last year.