Borg appointed to Pichotta’s school board seat
By: LaReesa Sandretsky, Lake County News Chronicle
The newest school board member took his oath of office last week at William Kelley School.
Paul Borg of Beaver Bay was appointed by the Lake Superior School District school board to serve the remainder of the term of the District 2 seat, the position from which Jack Pichotta resigned earlier this year.
According to his cover letter, Borg grew up on the Iron Range and worked in the Roseville, Minn., school district for 29 years, where he oversaw a $36 million annual budget. He and his wife have lived in Beaver Bay since 1992.
“It is important for citizens to make a contribution to their community if they have the time, some expertise and the desire to do so,” he wrote.
Backpacks for kids
Bethlehem Lutheran Church has taken on a project to help feed hungry elementary students. The backpack food program discreetly sends home food items with kids to keep them fed during the weekend, when they don’t have access to subsidized school lunches.
The program will be implemented in October at Minnehaha Elementary School and is a partnership with Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank and Feeding America.
Bethlehem has pledged to cover one-third of the cost of the program and the food shelf is accepting pledges from community members to help pay for the food. Pledge forms can be picked up at Bethlehem Lutheran Church or at the Lake County News-Chronicle office.
Taconite dollars improve facilities
The district is making a significant dent in its $1.5 million windfall from the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board. The money, which is funded by a state tax on taconite, must be used for construction, technology infrastructure, health and safety improvements or to increase cost efficiencies. The district has about a dozen projects for which it will use the money, including a roof repair at WKS, improving plumbing at Minnehaha and updating wireless Internet networks throughout all district buildings.
The board made official a half-dozen new hires on Thursday, welcoming Cathy Tryggestad as the Northern Lights Special Education Cooperative director of special education, Tisha Coen as an English teacher at Two Harbors High School, Tajen Stockdale as a part-time social studies teacher at THHS, Jamie Hipple as an administrative assistant for community education at WKS and Teri Ramsdell as a part-time RN at Minnehaha.
They also bid farewell to Pat Rendle, dean of students and counselor at WKS. He resigned after receiving a job offer in another district, and Ashley Belanger, formerly a paraprofessional at WKS, will take his place.
Mark your calendars
The district will host its annual budget discussion at 6 p.m. Dec. 12 at Two Harbors High School. The meeting is a chance for district residents to review the budget and ask questions about the proposed levy.