Longtime teacher/coach fills AD role
There is a new face in the front office at Rush City High School this year in the form of Lee Rood, who took over as activities director July 1.
Rood replaced longtime director, Bob Schlagel, who retired after the 2013-14 school year.
Rood will fulfill the activities director role, a half-time position, as well as take on responsibilities of the Community Education director while en route to earn his Community Education licenture by August, 2015. In addition, Rood is scheduled to teach an eighth-grade class two hours per day at the high school.
As for the activities position, Rood said he is still getting his feet wet, but doesn’t foresee immediate changes in the current setup in Tiger nation.
“My goal is to get a good handle on the program, assess if there are any improvements to be made, and help the kids get involved in as many activities as they can in the school district,” Rood said.
Familiarity with the students in the area is a bonus for Rood, as the new director brings experience in numerous realms within Rush City to his new position.
Rood is a longtime district employee, dating back 18 years, when he worked for three years as the Distance Learning coordinator before going on to teach third grade at Jacobson Elementary School for 15 years. The Rush City resident is also in his 16th year working as a manager of the Rush City Aquatic Center, and has experience coaching in the Tiger football, basketball and softball programs, including junior varsity softball this past spring.
Rood has history in school activities outside of Rush City as well.
The new activities director was born in Ruthton, Minn., southwest of Marshall, where he graduated from Russell-Tyler-Ruthton High School in 1991. Rood went on to play basketball at the University of Minnesota-Morris. He earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and coaching before moving to Rush City following graduation in 1995.
In his new job, Rood reiterated that he will take his time getting acquainted with the lead activities role.
“Bob did this for more than 30 years and has it running very smoothly,” Rood said. “Again, I’ll just make my assessment and go from there.”