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Paul set to lead ELC into 21st century

By Staff | Apr 5, 2011

When you have a great system in place, it makes handing over responsibilities all that much easier.

A great example of that is Estherville Lincoln Central’s choice of Tara Paul as the district’s new superintendent.

Curriculum director at Columbus Community School District, Paul brings a lot of experience in dealing with a diverse student population, expertise in use of technology in education and a vision for the future and desire to lead ELC well into the 21st century.

Paul and her husband, Chris, an engineer, and three children will undoubtedly add a lot to the community.

Let’s not forget, though, the enormous contribution that our current superintendent, Dick Magnuson, has made to our community.

At a time when many other districts are struggling to keep their doors open, Dick helped inspire the EL4C group to pass a bond issue for the new middle school and related building upgrades by a phenomenal 82 percent, a voter mandate to improve children’s education if there every was one. Our community owes him a huge debt of gratitude for serving us extremely well.

The same goes for the ELC board of education which has worked tirelessly on the new school project and superintendent search as well as grappling with increasingly tighter budgets.

We owe the ELC teachers and staff, too, a great deal for their dedication to eduction. A rule of thumb is that teachers prepare a minimum of two hours for every hour they spend in class. With teachers in class all day, that should give us all some idea of how hard they work. During the summer, they take classes to improve themselves professionally in the classroom.

And then, of course, there’s the ELC students who have a regional reputation for being nice kids. Many visitors to ELC have remarked how “uncliquey” ELC students are. Every student gets a chance to fit in with some group somewhere.

Welcome, Tara, and thanks go to everyone for giving her a great welcome.