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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Longtime choir director retires

Every school has some staff turnover at the end of the school year and Windom is no different.

But a last-minute addition to an agenda that already included the resignations of two teachers was approved at Monday’s Windom School Board meeting.

Vocal music instructor Rachel Axford, who had taught 32 years in the district, submitted her resignation Friday, effective at the end of the recently-completed school year.

Supt. Wayne Wormstadt said the last-minute addition to the agenda was to allow the district the chance to post the opening immediately.

In her resignation, Axford said that a major factor in the success of the music department has been that the district worked to follow its mission statement.

“Because of this, our students have been able to participate in band and choir while taking college courses, participating in sports, drama and other school activities and still following future career goals,” Axford stated. “It has not always been easy, but I believe it is at the core of what separates Windom from other schools and I am proud to have been a part of this district.”

On the consent agenda, the board approved the resignations of health/physical education teacher Samantha Baloun and fifth-grade teacher Annaliese Bruellman, backpack program coordinator Ashley Burton, paraprofessionals Shelby Ehrig and Margaret Horkey, assistant FFA advisor Jacob Johnson, yearbook advisor Kelli Nibbe, night custodian Scott Harrington, head baseball coach Brad Schlomann and co-head wrestling coach Travis Elg.

The board also approved the hiring of health/physical education teacher Tyler Vaughn, fourth-grade teacher Molly Renken, preschool teacher Natalie Burmeister and secondary intervention teacher Valerie Spielman.

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