Fairmont school district honors 25-year staffers

FAIRMONT — Three individuals at Fairmont Area Schools were recognized for their 25 years of service to the district at the school board meeting Tuesday. They are: Lois Harbo, Derek Spear and Melinda Stewart.

Harbo has served as a Title I aide and has worked with students ranging in age from preschool to seventh grade. She also has served as a lunch hour recess aide and provided input for the Fairmont Elementary School remodeling project.

Spear is a licensed K-12 physical education teacher and has taught every grade level while at Fairmont. He currently teaches students at the elementary school, where he has started several new programs.

Stewart is licensed in Spanish, reading and English as a second language. She has served as a Spanish teacher all the years she has been in Fairmont but she also has worked as a literacy coach and reading interventionist.

In other news, a number of teachers were recognized for receiving tenure. A teacher in Minnesota receives tenure after working in a school district three years in a row and being offered a fourth year.

The teachers recognized for obtaining tenure are: Jamie Bartz, Camille Driscoll, Jeanne Garbers, Leah Jorgenson, Heather Klitzke, Jonas Nissen, Ashley Olson, Kathleen Perry, Linette Sunbland, Claire Theoblad, Andrew Walden, Erik Walker, Krysten Walters and Sara Warmka.

Moving along to other matters, the board approved an early release for high school seniors who have assignments completed, fines paid and detention made up. Seniors have been getting out of school several days earlier than the rest of the student body for the past several years. The last day of school for seniors will be May 29. The rest of the students will be in school through May 31.

In other business, the board approved the employment of Zach Vicenti to assist the district’s technology department with tasks during the summer for 30 hours per week at a salary of $15 per hour.

“We have been purchasing many new pieces and there’s a lot to get done to get ready for the next school year,” said board member Julie Laue.

The board accepted the following donations:

o $310 from Arby’s, which will be used for the high school Cardinal Fund.

o $549 from General Mills as part of its Box Tops for Education Program to be used to support PETT at the elementary school.

o 150 new books at a value of $2,032 from Joy Rachuy to the elementary school media center.