St. Croix Central, like the rest of the schools in the area and throughout the nation, are facing the challenges on how to successfully integrate technology into classrooms.
On Monday, April 13, the School Board took its biggest step yet in that category when they approved Dan Ruud as a technology integration specialist, effective July 1.
Ruud is already a familiar face in the district as he is an eighth-grade American history teacher, the Washington, D.C., trip advisor and the junior varsity girls basketball coach.
Superintendent Tim Widiker explained with the demands technology presents, it was the wish of administration and the board to take some of the workload off Network Administrator Chad Konsela.
“This position was very important to have,” Widiker said. “We wanted help in taking some of the ‘tech coaching’ off of Chad.
“Dan has demonstrated what we are looking for in his current role.”
Ruud called his new position “a wonderful opportunity” and something he is looking forward to.
“I’m really excited to take on this position in my educational career,” he said. “This change allows me to impact the school in a lot of different ways.”
Ruud has been a member of the district’s technology committee and recently got his masters degree in teaching and learning with technology.
“My students will now be staff members,” he said, as his resignation as history teacher was also approved, effective June 30. “I want to ease their mind as best I can with the various tricks and tips out there.”
Ruud said he’ll still be on the bench next winter coaching the junior varsity girls. As for advisor of the Washington, D.C., trip, that is still up in the air, he said.
Besides Ruud’s promotion and resignation, other staff changes the board approved during its meeting include the resignations of Logan Kimberly as a 50 percent C-team football coach, Shirley Arneson as elementary play director, Hailey Breister as high school Spanish and Colleen Peterson as a high school paraprofessional.
Contract modifications were granted to Leah Tritz and Christine Lamberty, who will both now be working 7.25 hours as an elementary paraprofessional and Gail Weninger, who is now working 7. 5 hours as a middle school paraprofessional.
New district office
The Board held a lengthy discussion regarding the fire wall at the future district office. Authorization was given to Widiker and board director Jeff Redmon to proceed further in the process.
The board also approved Widiker to proceed in negotiating a contract with Twin Cities ATM in which they will put an ATM back in the future office where the former wall-mount ATM was located. Widiker said the ATM is for the public as it will be open 24 hours.
“It will be a big attraction for folks in the community,” he said.
He praised Community Education Director Paulette Anderson for her help in getting this done.