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Schumacher receives state athletic award

John Schumacher

Park Rapids assistant high school principal and activities director John Schumacher has been awarded the Minnesota Class A Athletic Administrator of the Year.

Schumacher received the Section 8A designation and advanced to receive the Class A state administrator award.

"This is a nice representation for Park Rapids," superintendent Glenn Chiodo told the board this week.

But the recent awards ceremony in St. Cloud brought chuckles, he said.

Schumacher, surrounded by family - both DeLaHunts and Schumachers - expressed gratitude to family members as well as Chiodo, principal Jeff Johnson, former principal Al Judson and former district activities director (and friend) Tom Conzemius.

But there was an egregious omission in his acknowledgments: wife Bernie and his two daughters, Tavia and Nikki.

Schumacher sat down, unaware of the oversight, but before the evening was over, he was back at the mike.

"Does anyone know a good divorce lawyer?" he joked.

Schumacher was also awarded a National Federation State Award of Merit at the athletic administrators' conference, citing his "dedication to athletes, not only in Park Rapids but around the state of Minnesota." Conzemius presented the award.

Schumacher began his career in Park Rapids as a teacher and coach in 1987. He's been the district athletic director for seven years.

He's been active at the sub-section, section and state levels, as well as Park Rapids.

Schumacher has been a sub-section and section coordinator for numerous athletic events, as well as serving on state-level boards and committees.

"John's passion and dedication for Panther activities, the students, coaches and supervisors is unparalleled," Chiodo remarked at the event, commending Schumacher's "professional demeanor and ethical approach to life and work.

"John continually shows a common sense approach when dealing with the problems of young people and programs," Chiodo stated. "He takes an interest in his students' lives and does everything in his power to create a positive relationship and experience for every student that walks through his doors, whether they are an athlete or not."

At this week's school board meeting, Schumacher credited the "support of the district" for his ability to participate.

In other action, the board:

n Unanimously approved a resolution calling for the expulsion of an eighth grader, referred to as N.F., based on events occurring March 18.

Board chair Sherry Safratowich read the resolution that stated N.F. allegedly "physically assaulted another student, endangering the student and staff, willfully violating policy."

The expulsion will be in effect until Sept. 6, 2011.

n Heard a presentation from Angie Kuehn on the Business Professionals of America trip to nationals in Washington, D.C. May 4-8.

Students Melodie Englund, Jenna Shepersky and Matt Sullivan will be competing.

She estimated cost per student at $859, with total cost with an advisor and chaperone, $3,500. Fundraising is underway.

n Adopted the Hubbard County Hazard Mitigation Action Plan, which was recently updated to assure eligibility for FEMA funds.

The plan, which addresses shelter needs for school districts, must be updated every five years.

n Will solicit sealed bids for district-wide copiers.

n Convened a closed session for negotiations.