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Board accepts Klawitter's retirement request

The Wadena-Deer Creek school board accepted the retirement request of high school science instructor Craig Klawitter Monday night at their March meeting.

Klawitter is the high school's senior faculty member having joined the staff in 1978. The board also gave tentative approval to Klawitter's request to come back next fall as a part-time instructor.

"He would like to come back part-time and we would like to have him back part-time," WDC superintendent Lee Westrum said.

The board approved a recommendation by Westrum and the budget committee to fill capital requests of $192,000 from the $243,000 the district has in designated funds.

"It's nice to have a little cushion in case," Westum said.

The bulk of the requests will go toward projects at the WDC Elementary School.

The board accepted the resignation of speech and language paraprofessional Tania Mielke. Missy Dosdall has been hired to replace Mielke and will start work the week of March 24. Dosdall's plan is to earn her certification as a speech and language assistant.

District 2155 presently has two speech and language pathologists, Lecia Parker and Tabitha Petrowski, but their workload is a daunting one and Westrum sees Dosdall's assistance as a positive step for WDC.

"Right now our caseloads for our two pathologists is higher than we like," Westrum said.

The board approved the 2014-2015 school calendar which included four built-in snow days - Feb. 16, March 6, April 1 and April 6.

Westrum told board members that he expects to have the district budget ready for review by their May 19 meeting.