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Mayer resigning as Menahga Elementary Principal

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Menahga Elementary School
Shannon Geisen/Park Rapids Enterprise

Menahga Elementary Principal Jeannie Mayer is resigning, effective June 30.

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Jeannie Mayer
Contributed/ Menahga School District

She’s taking a superintendent position in Verndale.

The Menahga School Board accepted her resignation at a special April 25 meeting, thanking her for her 19 years of service to the school district.

In her resignation letter, Mayer wrote that “Menahga has been an integral part of my journey” since she began by subbing in 2003.

During her career, Mayer has served as a long-term sub counselor, district assessment coordinator, dean of students, special education coordinator and Title I, preschool/ECFE, kindergarten and second grade teacher.

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She said she was resigning “with a bittersweet feeling.”

Mayer wrote, “To the students at Menahga, I have been so honored to be with you for the last several years! You mean a lot to me. Keep working hard, playing hard and being proud of what you have accomplished. You are amazing and I am going to miss you so much!

“To the staff, some of you I have been with since I was a teacher, and many of you I have had the opportunity to hire. Thank you for giving everything you have to be your best. I always say, be better today than you were yesterday, and be better tomorrow than you are today. Keep learning and growing.

“To the school board, parents and community, thank you for allowing me to be part of your children’s lives. I have grown so much as a person, educator, and leader because of you, your children and the staff of the Menahga School District. As Menahga moves forward with new leadership, please support all the staff of ISD 821. … Let’s show appreciation to all the staff, including teachers, paraprofessionals, bus drivers, cooks, custodians, office support and administration. These people work so hard, every single day, to make Menahga what it is.”

In other business, the board approved a special education teacher contract with Jessica Wattenhofer, beginning with the 2022-23 school year and contingent upon licensure and successful background check.

They also approved work assignments for Linda Mattson and Amanda Aho. Mattson will work up to 20 days on a part-time, as-needed basis as district office support staff. Aho is data coordinator, effective April 28.

Finally, they approved $9,020 technology purchase for the career and technical education program.

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Shannon Geisen is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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