GHEC board hears district update

GRANADA — The Granada-Huntley-East Chain School Board on Thursday heard a report from Superintendent Mandy Fletcher.

She said she briefly met with each teacher at the end of the school year and was impressed with results from the small gas engine class, which was offered first semester and taught by Rick Hotzler. The class allows students to receive college credit, and seven of eight students in the class did so.

“That was really positive news to hear,” said Fletcher, adding, “A lot of times we focus on [Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments] and measuring student success through that, but with this group of students, it’s important to see that they’re meeting industry requirements that show they’re ready to go from school and into the workforce should they choose to do that.”

Fletcher also spoke of the community service day, which was held on the last day of school. Middle school and high school students participated. Students performed a variety of service projects in the community. At the school, they replaced landscaping that had been damaged during the tornado last fall.

Fletcher also talked about air-conditioning units that were damaged in the tornado.

“It was suggested that we replace both units. That’s a large chunk of change, so insurance wants to look at it and see if some parts can be replaced. Luckily it’s been a bit cooler outside so it hasn’t been miserable,” she said.

Fletcher also shared that the summer food program, which began last year, is happening right now. A free breakfast and lunch is offered for students in June and July, Monday through Friday. Summer school starts next week so she expects more students will take advantage of it then.

It was Fletcher’s last board meeting before she takes over as superintendent at Blue Earth Area Schools on July 1. She thanked the board for its support over the years.

“You and this district have impacted my life in a way you can’t imagine. My professional life, my personal life … I truly love this place and it will always remain special to me. I cannot thank you enough for your support and your willingness to allow me the freedom to try ideas on what I think is best for the kids,” she said.

Turning to other business, the board accepted several resignations, including:

o Maggie Ragan, music teacher.

o Jesseca Koskovich, high school English teacher.

o Brenda Stevens, paraprofessional.

o Amy Subbert, paraprofessional.

o Monique Brockman, paraprofessional.