Having completed his first, full year as Eden Valley-Watkins School District superintendent, Mark Messman received an “A” in the recent annual school board review of his position. Board chairperson Sarah Kuechle, along with board members Bob Stenger and Rob Flaschenriem, reviewed the feedback provided via written evaluation. “Overwhelmingly, in categories such as leadership, policy and law, organizational management, communication, etc., the board is very pleased with the job Mark has done in his short time with us,” Kuechle said. Stepping into the “big shoes” of retired, long-time superintendent Larry Peterson, Messman faced plenty of immediate challenges, including the replacement of retired Activities Director/Dean of Students Jay Johnson and Business Manager Nick Thielen. Messman was also confronted with managing the $9.6 million building project to improve school facilities, a shift in the role of school board chair, and the added challenge of directing the new strategic planning process for the expired, current plan. “These changes and challenges would be overwhelming for any new superintendent to address his or her first year in a new district, let alone a FIRST-TIME superintendent! The EV-W School Board could not be more pleased at how well the transition has gone,” said Kuechle.
As secretary to the principal at Eden Valley Elementary School, Marion Frank has had contact with every student there, in some way or another, every school year.
In her 31 years in the district, that’s nearly 2,000 students – more than the combined populations of Eden Valley and Watkins.
Her official duties include being the principal’s secretary, and she also is responsible for all state data reporting for each student in the district, preschool through sixth grade.
Besides that, Frank also acts as nurse when the school nurse is elsewhere. I take care of [the students]. Take temps, give meds, sometimes a hug,” Frank said.
A Honor Roll
Vanessa Dufner and Ariana Moyer posed for cameras following the Eden Valley-Watkins High School Thursday evening, May 30.
Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.
Five EV-W seniors were enrolled in German 4 this year. The class is through the University of Minnesota’s College-in-the-Classroom continuing education program bridging high schools to college programs.
As part of the course, Patrick Latcham, Debbie Holdvogt, Meredith Gruenes, Kaylee Forcier, and Mickael Lies wrote and produced a three-minute video and entered it in competition with 25 other schools in the program.
The video, entitled “Fliehen aus dem Osten” (Escape from the East) portrays the efforts of five people to escape East Berlin to freedom in the West. In the video, the group runs through various ideas on how to escape.