June 18, 2007

Max appointed to take over spot on Delano School Board

By Ryan Gueningsman
Managing Editor

Kevin Max is set to become the newest member of the Delano School Board.

Max was appointed to fill Sarah Hellmich’s term through the next election in November 2008. Hellmich resigned from the board due to her family relocating from the area. Max will join the school board July 1.

Max, along with other applicants Harlan Lewis, Don Chapman, and Paul Stansberry, were interviewed at a special school board meeting Wednesday night.

The school board interviewed each applicant individually, asking them each six questions, and also allowing them additional time at the end of the interview to add their own comments, said Board Chairperson Becky Schaust.

After the interviews, and several other agenda items, the board further discussed the candidates and unanimously approved the appointment of Max to the position.

“He and his wife are very active in the community,” Schaust said of Max. “They have four kids in the district at all levels.”

Max has resided in Delano 22 years, and is a financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial, with an office in Delano. Originally from Gaylord, Max graduated from Gustavus Adolphus.

Schaust said Max has prior school board experience, having served for three years on the St. Peter’s Catholic School Board, with two of those years being board chairman.

Max was also a member of St. Peter’s Finance Council, and has been involved with the Delano Senior Center Advisory Committee, Delano Athletic Club, Dollars for Scholars, and Delano Youth Baseball and Softball, an organization of which he is currently treasurer.

“The other candidates all had strengths of their own, but Kevin had additional experience,” Schaust said.

Max cited his father, Ron Max, as an influence on his decision to throw his hat into the ring for the school board slot. Ron Max was on the city council, school board, and many different committees.

“I want to try to give back as I thought he did,” Kevin Max said, adding his mother was a school nurse, and other family members held other roles involved in education, which showed him how important a good education is.

Max said he is focused on continuing the excellent academic tradition of Delano Schools, as well as seeing future building projects through.

“I want to see that we have adequate resources for our kids, which includes facilities and fields,” Max said.

Max is married to Peg, and they have four children – Joe, who is a senior, John, who is a 10th grader, Bridget, who is a seventh grader, and Amy, who is a fifth grader.

Odds and ends

In other business, the board:

• increased German/Spanish teacher Jane Askow from .6 FTE to 1.0 FTE.

• approved Superintendent Dr. John Sweet’s attendance at the American Association of School Administrators Summer Leadership Institute in Minneapolis.

• approved a letter amending review and comment regarding site acquisition.

• reviewed an update on funding, budget, and enrollment.

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