Herald JournalHerald Journal, April 13, 2004

New administrative staff plans for school year

By Ryan Gueningsman, Staff Writer

Several new faces join the administrative staff at Lester Prairie Schools for the upcoming school year.

Assistant Principal/Activities Director Ron Erpenbach comes to the district from Norwood Young America.

Erpenbach has been with the NYA School District as a social studies teacher, and for the last three years has been an administrative assistant, doing some counseling and working with an alternative learning program.

Achieving his undergraduate degree at St. Cloud State, Erpenbach earned his master’s degree at Mankato. He is an avid golfer, pheasant hunter, and enjoys spending time with his children and reading.

Erpenbach has also been involved in amateur baseball for many years, and was a wrestler in high school.

“I’m extremely excited to be here,” Erpenbach said. “My vision is to make a school that students love to be at and that the staff strives to make people prepared for college and life after high school.”

He also noted that “the people have been wonderful,” and that people here have made him feel welcome and comfortable.

“I’m always willing to listen if someone calls,” he said.

Taking on counseling responsibilities at Lester Prairie Schools is Jay Klein of Maple Lake.

Klein comes to the district following two years as a counselor at Buffalo High School, as well as coaching junior high baseball, and boys and girls basketball for several years.

Originally from Brandon, near Alexandria, Klein received his bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University in 1992, and his master’s degree in counseling from St. Cloud State in 2002.

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