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WDC speech, cheerleading approved; Dahlstrom replacement discussed

Speech and winter cheerleading were approved as extracurricular activities for the 2012-2013 academic year during the Wadena-Deer Creek District 2155 October school board meeting.

Student interest is behind both additions to the winter activities lineup. A group of 24 students requested a speech team, and school officials received a petition signed by 42 students asking for winter cheerleading. Both activities have been offered in the past but there has not been enough interest to keep them going.

"I'm really pleased these kids spoke up saying we like these activities," WDC Superintendent Virginia Dahlstrom said.

The cheerleading activities will take place at home games and matches. A cheerleading schedule has been set up for 17 home events. Tryouts will be held and numbers would be set.

The move will make WDC one of the only schools in the Mid-State Conference to have winter sports cheerleaders, WDC Activities Director Norm Gallant said.

"One of the things we have seen over the years is more opportunities, especially for young ladies in athletics, so that the interest in cheerleading had been diminished," Gallant said. "I think it's great that the kids want to do it. I think it is something that we can definitely enhance."

Gallant also asked the board for approval to dissolve a boys' hockey cooperative agreement between WDC, New York Mills and Staples-Motley, so a new one could be formed with WDC, New York Mills, Staples-Motley, Sebeka and Eagle Valley. The Wolverines would still be able to play as a Class AA team.

Also during the meeting, the WDC board discussed finding a replacement for Dahlstrom as superintendent. Dahlstrom's contract with the district is up June 30, 2013.

"The board has directed me to contact two different search companies," Dahlstrom said.

Dahlstrom expects representatives of the two companies to be at the board's November meeting. The company the board hires will start searching for candidates in December and will conduct interviews in January.

Dahlstrom has been WDC superintendent since the summer of 2008.

WDC School Board Chairman Steve Techam said the board is looking for someone "who is very strong in the community and very strong in the business side too."

In other business, the board approved the hiring of Scott Endres as Developmentally Cognitively Delayed (DCD) teacher, Katrina Wahlin and Lois Schulz as assistant girls' basketball coaches, Dana Pavek as youth community education director and Ken Price as cleaner.

The board also approved the resignations of bus driver Byron Boe, dance line Coaches Carol Tornquist and Kali Matthiesen, cleaner Richard Brander and Administrative Assistant Alice Carr.