Dec. 25 , 2006

Middle school principal Rominski announces retirement

By Ryan Gueningsman
Managing Editor

A long-time fixture at Delano Middle School announced his plan to retire at last Monday’s Delano School Board meeting.

Richard Rominski, who has been principal of the middle school for 21 years, expects to retire at the end of June 2007.

“I am proud to say I was employed by Delano Public Schools,” Rominski said in a letter to the school board and Superintendent Dr. John Sweet. “Our reputation as an exemplary educational institution is recognized throughout the state of Minnesota and beyond.”

Rominski said that throughout his tenure, he has had the opportunity to work with many outstanding teachers, administrators, and school board members. He thanked everyone for support over the years, and said he was glad to have the opportunity to work with so many students and parents who value education.

“I believe Delano Public Schools will continue to excel in its pursuit of academic excellence for all,” Rominski said.

Sweet said the position will be posted and advertised for, and that there will be an opportunity for a transition period.

In other staffing issues, the school board hired full-time Dr. Auxie Wang, who teaches Chinese language.

Wang has been part-time until this point, and beginning Jan. 22, will become full-time. Sweet said Wang’s background and education makes him a great fit for the program, having taught in China for about six years, along with other teaching and language experiences.

The school board also accepted the resignation of head volleyball coach Rita Belka, who held the position for eight years, and wishes to spend more time with her family.

School resource officer program approved

The school board approved a partnership where the school district, city, and Wright County will work together to have a school resource officer at Delano Schools.

Sweet said Wright County will pay approximately $24,000, and the City of Delano, which has budgeted for the officer beginning in 2007, and school district, will each pay $12,000. He added that he recently spoke with Wright County Sheriff Gary Miller, and said an exact timeline has not yet been set to get the officer in place.

It is believed that, if things go according to plan, the officer would be in place for the 2007-08 school year.

Odds and ends

In other business, the board:

• approved the final certification of 2006 levies payable in 2007 at an increase of just more than 8 percent.

Sweet said this does not mean taxes will increase by that amount, but that figure is determined by the formula by which the district operates.

• heard from Sweet that the first lockdown drill that took place Dec. 12 went well, and that there are four more drills scheduled throughout the year.

• recognized board members Howard Glas and Len Roering for their years of service on the Delano School Board. This was their final meeting.

Glas has served on the board since 1996, and Roering since 1999.

The board also recognized Paul Ludwig, who was named Delano School’s teacher of the year.

• heard from Board Member Peter Brasket about the formation of a fundraising and facilities planning committee for Delano Area Sports Arena (DASA).

The group is working on raising funds and trying to find a means of updating the facilities and putting in another sheet of ice.

• heard a presentation from James Ford of Eide Bailly Accounting on the 2005-06 school district audit.

• reviewed the first reading of the enrollment of non-resident students policy. A second reading of the policy will take place at the next board meeting.

• noted that its organizational meeting will take place Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. at the high school media center, and that a facilities advisory committee meeting is set for Thursday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. at the middle school auditorium.

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