Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Jack McFarlane
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Moose Lake Superintendent Indihar retiring


January 30, 2020

Courtesy Moose Lake Schools

Superintendent Robert Indihar will retire at the end of the current school year.

The news of Superintendent Robert Indihar's retirement was announced at the Moose Lake school board meeting on January 21. Indihar, who has served the community for over twenty years, thanked the board while saying, "bottom line is, it's my time."

In a letter to the school board dated January 10, Indihar wrote, "Dear School Board, I am going to be retiring at the end of this school year. My last day will be on June 30th, 2020. I am excited for the change in life that is about to happen. I feel proud of what we have accomplished together. I sincerely feel that we have a great staff and a strong board. I thank you for all the support you have shown me throughout my 22 years here. It has been a great place to raise my family and retire from."

The board thanked Indihar for his service and accepted his retirement, effective June 30, 2020. The board also accepted the resignation of Madalyn Zelazny (Mini Moose) effective January 10, 2020.

In other business, some staff members wondered if it might be better to move graduation day away from Memorial Day weekend. The board discussed the possibility of changing the graduation date but would like some input from the community.

The Moose Lake PTA's bake sale and book fair helped raise $300 for school supplies and $1,500 worth of new books for both the elementary and high school libraries.

Two representatives on the Youth In Philanthropy board at the Northland Foundation, Moose Lake freshmen Ava Beer and Sydney Timonen, explained some of what they are doing on that board, which is helping people and youth around the northland.

The idea is that the kids themselves must write their own grants to the Youth In Philanthropy board. Grants of up to $1,000 can be applied for to help a non-profit youth centric sort of activity, like funding the art club, helping robotics teams, or things like a garden, playground equipment, and similar items. The board of around 15 kids or so then discusses if they should award those grants and then takes a vote. Instead of fully funding something, they might discuss partially funding it as well. The board is allotted $25,000 per year to give out grants, and whatever isn't spent from the previous year is added onto that total.

Jordan Fjosne scored his 50th goal and 100th career point in boys hockey. Natalie Lourey won the Elementary school Spelling Bee and Ryleigh Sickler won the High School one.

The board approved increasing the sub teacher pay from $100/day to $115/day. Other districts are at $110/day and Indihar mentioned it has cost them subs before. The board also accepted a $500 donation from Moose Lake Brewing Company, a $1,000 anonymous donation to the school lunch program, as well as board member Jerry Pederson's $500 donation to the Cube Club. The 2020 board committees were approved.

The next regular board meeting is Tuesday, February 11 at 5 p.m.


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