Le Mars Community Schools To See Three Music Instructors To Retire At Conclusion Of School Year
(Le Mars) –– Le Mars Community School will say good-bye to 186 years of educational experience at the conclusion of the current school year as six faculty and staff members have indicated they intend to retire. The six retirees submitted their request for resignations during the last Le Mars Community Board of Education meeting. The school board approved those requests and commented as to the great impact each of the six faculty and staff members contributed to the Le Mars Community School District. Le Mars Community will see a void in its music department and will need to fill a few positions within the music department as Randy and Nancy Ewing have both indicated their interests in leaving the school district. Both of the Ewings have taught at Le Mars Community for 37 years each. Randy has served as the high school vocal music teacher, and was named the “Teacher of the Year” last year. His wife, Nancy, has been the Middle School vocal music instructor. The 5th and 6th grades instrumental music teacher has also announced his intentions of retiring at the conclusion of the school year. Randy Benton has been the instrumental music teacher for the secondary level for a total of 30 years. Angela Catton is the current president of the Le Mars Community Board of Education and a long-time supporter of the Le Mars Community Music Boosters Club. Catton says the school board reluctantly approved the resignation requests, because they understand the strong reputation that has been built by the retiring instructors. Catton says not just the music teachers who are leaving, but all the teachers and staff members who are retiring are “icons within the school district.” Catton says the Ewings have built a premier music department at Le Mars Community.
Catton says under the supervision of the Ewings in the music department, Le Mars Community built a strong reputation for its music department consisting of several superior ratings for the entire choir, ensembles, duets, and soloists when they performed at regional music contests.
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The school board president says it is sad to see such good instructors wanting to retire, but she says it is a fact the school district has to acknowledge.
Catton says the three music retirees have set the standards high for their successors, but she says, because of the strong reputation of the school district’s music department, she believes the recruitment of new music teachers will see several strong applicants who are eager to continue the established music reputation and tradition.
The other faculty and staff members that have announced their retirement from the Le Mars Community School District include: Amy Anderson, 32 year as the Middle School art teacher. Kevin Westhoff is giving up his position as the elementary physical education instructor. Westhoff has been with the school district a total of 27 years, and Julie Theisen after being with the school district for 23 years is retiring from her position as the alternative high school teacher and TLC committee.
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