Anderson steps down as principal

After nearly six years, 6-12 leader going back to classroom

by Tom Coombe
Ely’s high school principal is returning to the classroom.
Megan Anderson, who has served as principal for just over six years, notified school officials this month that she will resign from her position, effective at the end of the 2021-22 school year.
Anderson, an Ely native, will remain with the district and is set to take a middle-school teaching position this fall.
Those moves were authorized Monday by the Ely School Board, and the district has posted the principal position.
Anderson said Wednesday “that I’m really proud of what we have done for our kids over the last five-and-a-half years,” and that “I really enjoyed working with everybody in this leadership capacity. It was exciting and challenging.”
School board members accepted the resignation and thanked Anderson for her service during a brief Monday meeting, but there was no discussion about the position or the district’s administrative configuration.
Anderson’s move comes at a time when district offices, including both the elementary and high school offices, move to the new building that will link both the Washington and Memorial facilities.
Anne Oelke remains as the district’s K-5 elementary principal, while John Klarich works part-time as the district’s superintendent.
The district has retained a two principal, part-time superintendent administrative model for nearly a decade, after experimenting with numerous other administrative configurations, dating back to 2004.
In other business Monday, the board:
• Accepted the retirement notice of elementary teacher Martina Jarecki, effective Oct. 20.
• Added 0.6 full-time equivalent of grades 6-8 math and 0.4 FTE of sixth grade social studies to meet student needs.
• Accepted the resignations of paraprofessionals Tammie Elliott, Aaron Kaercher, and Laurel Kaercher.
• Approved a new preschool program for three-year-olds that had been presented and discussed earlier in the month.
• Hired Tracy Johnson and Monica Freeman for summer skills paraprofessional positions.
• Authorized the high school dance team to become a competitive dance program under the auspices of the Minnesota State High School League. The move will allow the dance team to take part in section and state competitions.
• Approved the installation of already-purchased doors for the Washington Building in the amount of R121,420.
• Reimbursed the Ely Track Club $1,336 for participation fees.