Davidson welcomes trio of new staff to the district

    The Crookston School Board at a special meeting Monday morning filled a trio of teaching vacancies, and officially and "reluctantly" accepted the resignation of Kim Johnson, special services directed.   

    Here's who coming on board:   

    • Crookston High School graduate Sarah Kanten, who graduated with an early childhood education degree from Minnesota State University, Moorhead, is returning from Lakewood, Colorado to Crookston to fill one of two second grade teaching vacancies at Highland School. She was one year of teaching experience.   

    Kanten replaces Erika Johnson, who resigned.   

    • Filling the other second grade vacancy, created by the resignation of Renae Lindgren, is Rachel Hurner, a Concordia College graduate with a degree in elementary education. She has three years of experience.   

    Fourteen applicants sought the two positions and seven were interviewed.   

    • The third vacant teaching position was a special education teacher at Crookston High School. The board Monday morning hired Moses Kum Oteh. He will fill Merrilee Forgit's position. Forgit is moving into the position created by the retirement of Kris Derosier.   

    This is Oteh's first teaching job. He has a masters degree from the University of North Dakota in special education - special education strategist, and a bachelors degree in special education.   

    Three people applied for the position and two were interviewed.   

    Speaking on behalf of the board, board member Dave Davidson welcomed the trio of new teachers to the school district.   

    "I would like to welcome them to our district and I hope they have a long and productive career working with Crookston kids," Davidson said.   

    The board accepted Johnson's resignation and directed Superintendent Chris Bates to start advertising for her successor. Johnson came to Crookston from Thief River Falls a couple years ago but maintained her residence in Thief River Falls. A  position opened up in the school district there, and she was hired last week.