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Germain steps down after 15 years on School Board

Sharon Germain said being appointed to the Somerset Board of Education near the start of the school year was an ideal time to join the Board, so she's decided to give the next School Board member that opportunity.

Germain announced her retirement from the Somerset Board of Education at the Board's Oct. 27 meeting.

Germain was appointed to the Board in the fall of 1993 after Ken Gelle stepped down. She said the timing of joining the Board in the fall was very beneficial for her. She said the numerous activities at this time of the school year helped her to get involved in the District quickly.

So instead of leaving the School Board at the end of her term next April, Germain decided to bow out now.

Germain has been mulling over leaving the School Board since she battled breast cancer two and a half years ago.

"After that you change priorities," Germain said. "You become more protective of your time."

Germain was a natural fit on the School Board. A career educator, she brought a pro-education perspective to the School Board.

"I don't see School Board the same as being a politician. The major focus of the School Board is to supply the best education for our kids. You have to make tough decisions to do that," Germain said.

Germain knows education. She taught in the Moundsview (Minn.) School District from 1965-76. She then began work on her master's degree. She also took a new position, teaching at Stone Bridge School in Stillwater. She earned her master's degree and Ph.D. in education administration. She worked her final five years at Stone Bridge as the building principal.

"Education has been my life," Germain said. "I felt I was a life-long student. I still do training. I still go to classes. I just like to learn."

Though she is retired, Germain said she was finding herself having less and less free time that she could devote to the School Board. She enjoys watercolor painting. She is a member of a tap dance group that performs around the area. She clog dances. She records The News for people who can't read. She is involved in a number of community services. She also golfs and enjoys travelling with her husband, Dick.

Germain said she is proud of accomplishments the Board completed during her tenure. She included building the High School, going to the four-period day at the High School, building the Elementary School and hiring two superintendents as some of the main accomplishments.

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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