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ELC Board approves early retirement plan

By Staff | Dec 20, 2013

The Estherville Lincoln Central Board of Education Monday night offered an early retirement plan to eligible employees that amounts to a one-time payment of 50 percent of their annual salary.

Superintendent Tara Paul said plan was for 260-day, full-time employees and would not be offered again until Dec. 2015.

Paul said there was a 4 p.m. Feb. 28, 2014 deadline for those employees who chose to participate in the plan, with payments made Oct. 2014 and April 2015.

The board approved offering the plan.

In other business, elementary principal Shane Kalous estimated parent participation at parent-teacher conferences at 98 percent and that the holiday gift shop was “an amazing success this year.”

Kalous praised Mrs. Denise Laaveg for her work. “She’s a great asset to our elementary music program,” Kalous said.

Kalous introduced November Estherville Middle School Students of the Month Allison Young and Hollie Sindt.

The November Students of the Month include:

Eighth grade:

Collin Wodtke – For always being polite and giving 100 percent.

Hanna Ruschy – For having an upbeat personality and always willing to take risks.

Seventh grade:

Hollie Sindt – For leading by example and being a very hard worker.

Briar Rowley – For being conscientious and possessing great leadership skills.

Sixth grade:

Rayna Kazmerzak – For her willingness to work with others and showing great work ethic.

Taylor Myers – For being very helpful, having the desire for high quality work, and having great character.

Fifth grade:

Austin Henning – For always going the extra mile, being optimistic and having a positive influence on others.

Allison Young – For being very responsible, striving to do her best, and always having a smile on her face!


Marissa Kramer – For her hard work in computers and always striving for the highest quality.

Ethan Marth – For having a positive attitude, going above and beyond what was expected for the yearbook cover design, and showing impressive results in art.

In another matter, Paul said she was looking at a leadership course for freshmen and sophomores with the teacher acting as facilitator. She said the course would draw on community leaders as a resource.

The board held third and final reading and approved board policies 403.1 through 403.8. Members also reviewed first reading of policies 404 through 406.6.

Paul also discussed future building projects.