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Dendinger is re-elected as HNS School Board President

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HARTINTON — Hartington-Newcastle School Board members re-elected Jason Dendinger Monday as Board President.

Dendinger, now in his 18th year on the board, has served in the role of School Board President since 2009.

Dana Rosener was reelected as Vice President and Candice Climer was re-elected as Secretary of the Board.

The election of officers was part of the school district’s annual reorganization meeting.

The Board made several appointments for the new year. A.J. Johnson was named as the Attendance Officer and as the federal programs coordinator. The Cedar County News was named as the official newspaper and Bank of Hartington, Security Bank, Cedar Security Bank and Farmers and & Merchants State Bank were all named as the official depositories.

Board committee assignments were also discussed, but the actual Committee assignments will not be made until the February Board meeting.

Also Monday, Linda Kathol was hired to finish the year out for school librarian Marilyn Rastede, who died unexpectedly earlier this winter.

Kathol will work in the library and as a part-time English instructor.

The Board also agreed Monday to renew a Special Education contract with the LCC School District.

This contract allows HNS students to attend Special Education classes at the Coleridge Middle School. Currently, three HNS students attend the Coleridge facility.

The Board also accepted the resignation of Newcastle Elementary School teacher Renee Pfister who will retire at the end of the school year.

She is currently teaching kindergarten at the Newcastle site. She has been teaching at Newcastle for 34 years.

The Board went into executive session at the end of the meeting for the annual review of the Superintendent.