District 139 dives into Rush City pool season

The pool is scheduled to open June 8 with a few new features and no change to admission prices from a year ago.

Lee Rood, director of the Rush City Aquatic Center, provided a snapshot of what people can expect at the pool this summer during his annual presentation before the Rush City School Board on April 17.

He also reviewed the pool’s proposed budget and recommended fee structure, reflecting a deficit of $30,850 and the same prices as 2013, respectively, for the 2014 swimming season. The board ultimately approved both measures.

“I believe we’re at the threshold of what people can afford,” Rood said.

However, prices may need to be increased next year to bring in additional revenue, activities director Bob Schlagel noted.

“The minimum wage is increasing, and we’re going to be impacted by it. But I don’t know by how much,” he added in reference to those employed at the pool.

Thanks to donations, Rood continued, the pool will be equipped with six new concession tables, two additional picnic tables and a canopy atop the slide to give the lifeguards some relief from the sun.

Of his concerns, Rood said he hopes the unusually cold winter didn’t cause any harm to the water pipes at the facility. He’s hoping for hotter days this summer, as well, since they lead to higher turnouts, thus more revenue in keeping the operation financially manageable.

The pool will once again host swimming lessons including Lil’ Tots I for ages 6-24 months and Lil’ Tots 2 for ages 24-48 months. Registration for both levels is 12:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, on a first come basis at the aquatic center.

Normal pool hours will be offered during the county fair on July 18-21.

Schlagel to retire

The board approved Schlagel’s resignation, effective June 30. The activities director position is anticipated to be filled by Rood, who currently teaches third grade at Jacobson Elementary.

Resignations also were accepted for high school math teachers Paula Bengtson and Kevin Smith, along with custodians Dave Schroeder and Wayne Johnson.

Board members approved a leave of absence request for elementary reading interventionist Kristine Peterson for the 2014-15 school year.

They hired Jessica Dale as a special education teacher, beginning May 5.

High school report

In his report to the board, high school Principal Brent Stavig said industrial arts teacher Eric Olson received a large donation of steel, worth about $5,000, for students to use for projects in his shop class.

Stavig credited a dodge ball tournament for raising nearly $2,000 for two local residents who are fighting cancer.

Jacobson Elementary news

Jacobson Elementary Principal Melody Tenhoff showed a video clip of last week’s school assembly that, in part, honored sixth-grade teacher and military veteran Paul Kirby. He was formally presented with the flag that one of his former students, Sgt. Chelsea Peterson, had flown in his honor during her deployment to Afghanistan last year.

Afterward, Kirby led the staff and students in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

The assembly also featured physical education teacher Mark Henrich, who took a few pies to the face in recognition of the students who surpassed their fundraising goals in Jump Rope for Heart.


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