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Varsity hockey coach resigns

WORTHINGTON — It was a quick meeting for District 518 school board on Tuesday night at Worthington High School, but Superintendent John Landgaard cleared up a rumor regarding the potential elimination of varsity boys hockey.

“I just want to make it known that we are not cutting the hockey program,” Landgaard said.

Landgaard met with hockey players and parents last week to discuss the issue. He noted there will be a possible 15 to 18 members on the team, enough for Worthington to have its own squad.

“That number also includes ninth-grade students who will now be playing at a varsity level,” he said. “We are still meeting with Windom to keep the lines of communication open, but as it stands right now we will still have our own hockey program,” Landgaard said.

It was confirmed during the meeting that head boys varsity hockey coach Nate Grimmius had resigned, and the school will now begin the process of looking for a replacement.

The cooperative agreement with the Adrian gymnastics team, allowing girls from the Adrian gymnastics team to join Worthington’s team, was approved during the during the meeting by a 5-2 vote. Board members Brad Shaffer and Scott Rosenberg voted no.

“I’ll just mimic what I said last month about the issue,” Rosenberg said. “I think we’re headed down the wrong road, and hearing some of our own girls have been displaced, I still vote no on this issue.”

Chairmen Linden Olson said the Adrian girls have been practicing with Worthington for some time now, and that they’re just now being added to the team.

“We will still be referred to as the Worthington Trojans, and the practices will still be in Worthington,” Olson explained.

Approval was given for 1,075 new Dell tablets for students in grades 9-12. They will be purchased as part of a learning device initiative.

Landgaard said this phase two of the initiative, with Prairie Elementary to follow in receiving new tablets in the future as part of phase three.

Four new teacher positions were approved at the meeting as well. District 518 will be adding a new special education teacher, an eighth-grade math teacher, a seventh-grade specific learning disabilities teacher and a business career teacher at the Area Learning Center.

Landgaard also commended the teachers who worked on the teacher evaluation model, which assists teachers in their growth and development.

“They put a lot of work into this, and this will help teachers grow,” Landgaard said. “Everyone did a nice job, and I commend everyone who was a part of this.”

Also approved during the meeting was a snow makeup day, due to the cancellation of school on April 4.

The day will be used as a staff day to work on curriculum, and teachers may complete this day whenever they choose — as long as it’s before the end of the fiscal year on June 30.

Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.

Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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