Hager-Olsen, Blokzyl, Fisketjon and Wagner calling it a career.

    The Crookston School Board on Monday accepted retirement letters submitted by three longtime teachers and a longtime staff member.

    Kindergarten teacher Barb Hager-Olsen is retiring at the end of the current school year, along with second grade teachers Penny Blokzyl and Renee Fisketjon. Joining them are Kathy Wagner, administrative assistant at Washington School.

    Board member and recently retired teacher Dave Davidson said all four “have been key parts of our district for a very long time” and have “been very important cogs in our professional wheel.”

    Superintendent Chris Bates, noting that all four wrote “heartfelt” retirement letters, mentioned Blokzyl’s specifically, as she wrote how excited she was for her first year as a teacher to commence 38 years ago, and how that excitement has never waned as each subsequent fall has neared.

Meeting notes
    • The board accepted a $4,000 grant from the PTO to purchase six iPads for student use at Washington School
    • The board accepted a $10,000 grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council that will go toward the Copper Street Brass ensemble’s visit to Crookston. A snowstorm last week postponed the ensemble’s visit until May.
    • Superintendent Chris Bates encouraged people to visit Facebook to vote for CHS senior Isaac Loegering, who is a finalist for a Chevrolet Scholarship of up to $5,000.
    • After getting a look at the tiled images local swimmers, assisted by a couple of artists through a grant, came up with to mount in a hallway at the Crookston Community Swimming Pool, the board approved them and the mural will be mounted.