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ORTONVILLE SCHOOL DISTRICT #2903 BOARD MEMBERS were installed at a special meeting on Monday, Jan. 9.  Jim Nelson was re-elected to the school board, while Ashton Conroy and Brett Kaye were elected in November. Krista Hartman was elected to the board in a special election held back in May. School Board members, above, front row, left to right are, Ashton Conroy, Jim Nelson and Krista Hartman. Back row, left to right, Jay Ross, Brett Kaye and Holly Wellendorf.

School Board begins process of filling Principal’s position

The Ortonville Board of Education met in special session  Monday, Jan. 9. Three board members took their oath of office. Re-elected to the school board was Jim Nelson. while Ashton Conroy and Brett Kaye took their seats.

Organization of board officers was held. Jim Nelson was elected chairperson, Krista Hartman elected vice-chair, Ashton Conroy was elected clerk and Holly Wellendorf elected treasurer.

The focus of the special meeting was to determine how the board wanted to fill the principal’s position. At previous meetings, the board was presented with four options:

1) K-12 principal with dean support or without dean support.

2) 7-12 principal and K-6 principal.

3) 7-12 principal/activities director and K-6 principal/optional.

4)  Superintendent/elementary principal and 7-12 principal/activities director.

Board members felt that option three was their best option. According to figures presented at the December meeting, the pay range for a 7-12 principal/activities director would range from $162,234-$172,641. For a part-time or half-time K-6 principal, the cost range would be from $12,796-$23,203.

Superintendent Jeff Taylor, stated that the K-6 principal could also be hired from within the school district, with options for teaching and other various jobs.

Board members unanimously approved to open and advertise for those positions for the 2017-18 school year with duties beginning July 1. Superintendent Jeff Taylor, will organize and interview the group with three board members and three staff members. Krista Hartman, Brett Kaye and Holly Wellendorf will represent the school board.

Advertising for the positions has begun. They will close the positions Feb. 10 with application review beginning Feb. 13 and interviews beginning Feb. 27.

“Once we review the applicants, we will be able to see how they fit our needs,” said Superintendent Taylor. “If we feel they don’t fit the needs we have, we will then need to start the process over.”

The next meeting of the Ortonville School Board will be this Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the school library.

Snowmobile safety training to be held in Ortonville

Snowmobile safety training will be in Ortonville, only it will be done differently. Students will take the classroom instruction individually, online at their own pace and expense.

After completing the classroom session, make sure to print the voucher at the end of the course and bring to the riding class as proof of successfully completing the course. You must have the voucher with you when you take the riding class portion of the snowmobile safety training.

For the online class, you can go to Fresh Air Educators, The cost is $29.95 and offers family and group pricing to include other family members or multiple courses for $10 more per course. You may also go to Kalkomey at Cost is $29.50 with no family or group discounts.

The riding class will be Sunday, Jan. 29 at 1 p.m. at a site to be determined. There is no charge for the riding class. The registration deadline for the riding class is Monday, Jan. 23.

Anyone born after Dec. 31, 1976 must have taken a snowmobile safety class to legally operate a snowmobile. You must be at least 11 years old before starting the training.

For more information and to register for the riding class, contact Brian Hamann at 1-320-760-3079, 320-839-2774 or by email at, or Steve Dragt at 320-760-7928 or by email at

Parents are reminded when you bring your students to the riding class, you must fill out and sign the student registration, parental release and self certification form.

Another class will be offered in Clinton at a later date. Look for more information in future issues.

Local 4-Hers, staff to attend 2017 Presidential Inauguration

An opportunity of a lifetime will happen for a local group this week as they have the opportunity to witness history in the making. They will be attending the 2017 Presidential Inauguration. 

Big Stone County 4-Hers Zakari Angelo and Mary Larson, along with 45 other youth selected through an application process, will be part of the Minnesota 4-H delegation of youth to participate in the Presidential Inauguration Focus.

4-H volunteer, Cara Greger, will be attending as one of the chaperones. Suzanne Souza, Big Stone County 4-H program coordinator, was selected as one of six University of Minnesota Extension staff to lead the delegation.

The group took off to Minneapolis Monday, Jan. 16 and departed to Washington D.C Tuesday, Jan. 17. The delegation will be staying at the National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase , MD. During the week, the Minnesota 4-H delegation will participate in a Pin Trade Social and Voter Registration event, take part in workshops, tour the Lincoln, Jefferson and FDR Memorials and visit the Smithsonian Museums.

Friday, Jan. 20, the 4-H delegation will take part in the inaugural activities including the parade and ceremony. That evening, they will attend an Inaugural Ball that will include a dinner and a cruise along the Potomac River. The group returns back to Minneapolis Saturday, Jan. 21.

During this six day trip,  Minnesota 4-H participants will join youth from across the country in learning about the democratic process, exploring the history of the presidency, examining the role of press in politics and enhancing their role in citizenship through service and hands on learning.


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