Russ Freeman, Superintendent of Schools
Mr. Freeman's office is located in the Lakeview Junior-Senior High School building.
3744 83rd Street
Columbus, NE 68601
School Phone 402-563-2345 Ext. 108
Cell Phone 402-677-0567
Home Phone 402-562-8505
From the Desk of Russ Freeman - June News
At the end of this month I will have completed my fifth year as the superintendent of the Lakeview Community School District. As I have mentioned in past newsletters, I greatly appreciate the opportunity that has been given to me to work in the Lakeview District. This past school year has been filled with many emotional events. Through our successes, our failures and everything in between, our "Lakeview Family" has been able to stay together to support each other. This is one reason why I feel that Lakeview is a special place.
Communication is always a key to understanding and support. Sometimes we all get a little complacent in our work toward improving communication. After being in the district for five years, I am sure many of you would have opinions of my performance. I am looking for ways I can better serve the district and communicate with the patrons of the district. If you have suggestions for me on how I can do a better job, I would appreciate hearing from each of you.
On May 22, a staff recognition luncheon was held where the board recognized those staff members who completed their first full year of employment, met a 5-year milestone of employment or are retiring from their position. The following staff members were recognized:
New Staff: 5 Years: 10 Years: 15 Years:
Alicia Blumenthal Chase Lambert Steve Borer Jerry Clausen David Badura
Sarah Borgman Nick Luchsinger Jennifer Himanga Mitch Helms Kris Badura
Justin Coffey Rachel Maher Ann Johannes Shannon Honold Tracy Briggs
Chad Dallman Claudia Palafox Jill Krienke Brad Luchsinger Katherine Luebker
Lori Hartl Kelly Schaad LeAnn Kjergaard Kathleen Lutjens Joan Wemhoff
Joseph Haschke Kim Wollenberg Anthony Miller Lois Rodehorst
Jacob Jarecki Jordan Wetovick Kim Miller Christopher Thoms
Connie Kershaw Erica Zywiec Larry Mohrman
Chantelle Kush Brittany Niedbalski
20 Years: 25 Years: 30 Years: 35 Years: Retiree:
Adrienne Blaser Helen Jazwick Richard Thomas Susan Zabawa Kathy Adamson
Jill Goedeken Kathy Irish
This summer we are working on several small projects in the district. At the Platte Center building, three classrooms are being updated with lowered ceilings and new lighting. We are also doing some minor cement work outside of the gym's west exit. At the Shell Creek building, we are working on implementing a plan to help the HVAC system function more efficiently, working on improving the quality of the water and will be repairing the road on the west side of the school. At Lakeview, the focus is on getting the football game field in shape for the fall. In all buildings, the custodial crews are cleaning, waxing floors and getting ready for the next school year. Other projects could be added in the near future.
Over the past five years, the Board has done a good job of putting money into the depreciation fund and into the cash reserve fund. The depreciation fund can be used to replace items that are wearing out. This would include technology, carpet, textbooks and roofs, to name a few allowable uses. The money in the cash reserve fund helps the district to pay its bills without borrowing money and paying more interest. The budget process for the 2014-2015 school year is currently underway and will be the focus of our work in the district office for most of July and August. As in the past, the board will make a concentrated effort to keep our tax asking as low as possible, while making sure that we continue to offer a quality education to all of our students.
In today's society all businesses are competitive in nature and more than ever so are school districts. If our vision for the future is to maintain quality educational programs, competitive activities and to prepare our students for the ability to be successful in the future, we must also be competitive with other educational institutions. This will mean that we need to offer quality educational opportunities, provide quality facilities and be on the cutting edge of programs offered. I would hope that you would agree that we need to conitinue to be a progressive school district that will attract families to our district and school.
As usual, if you have questions about any item in this article or on any other matter please feel free to contact me at school or at home.