By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Barnum's high school principal resigns

Willow River's Principal Campbell accepts the position


August 29, 2019

Courtesy Barnum Schools

A group photo of the new staff at Barnum Public Schools: (left to right) Mike McNulty (Superintendent), Brady Youngberg (Kindergarten Teacher), Gregg Campbell (High School Principal), Allan Lund (2nd Grade Teacher), Sarah Shefchik (High School Science Teacher), Dylan Reed-Fuglestad (Vocal and Classroom Music Teacher). Not pictured: Denise Blake (paraprofessional).

High School Principal Brian Kazmierczak has resigned, it was announced at the meeting of the Barnum School Board on Tuesday, August 20. Kazmierczak also resigned from the position of head girls basketball coach.

It was reported on Friday, August 23, that Gregg Campbell, the high school principal at Willow River, had been hired. He will begin his duties in Barnum on September 3.

The board also approved the resignation of Bruce Kempf, the Transportation and Grounds Director. A request for quotes for bus maintenance will be published.

McNulty reported that, after a walk-through of the buildings and listing the needs, it will be determined before the budget process begins in February what projects can be accomplished with the funds available.

"We will develop a five and ten-year plan that will be ongoing," he said.

McNulty spoke about a transportation audit by the Watson Group but it was not presented to the board for a decision. It will be an ongoing process, he said.

Elementary Principal Judy Vivito reported that the new playground has been completed. The kids will cut the ribbon to officially open the playground on August 28 at 4 p.m.

Vivito also reported that Just Kids Dental will be conducting the dental program at the school during the first two or three weeks. They will visit the school once more during the school year.

Twenty-eight new students have enrolled in the elementary school, she reported. There were very few new students that enrolled in high school, it was said.

There was discussion about the fourth grade. There are two sections with 29 students in each section.

Board Member Pat Poirier, who has a child in fourth grade, suggested that the classes be monitored.

"This group of students tested really well," he said. "The two teachers are fantastic. I think that we will be fine."

The board discussed a suggestion by McNulty that the working board meetings be reduced instead of having one each month.

It was decided that the working board meeting would be held on the first Tuesday of the months of October, December, January, February, April, and May. The monthly board meetings will still be held on the third Tuesday of each month. The board meetings begin at 6:30 p.m.

The next monthly meeting of the board will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the board room.


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