LCS board OKs three more retirements

Friday, January 13, 2023

LE MARS — Three longtime employees at Le Mars Community Schools will be retiring at the end of the 2022-23 school year.

Those retirements were among six resignations approved by the LCS board of education at its Jan. 9 meeting.

Bruce Ludwig is retiring from his position as the district’s Media & Technology Director at the conclusion of the 2022-23 contract year.

Cliff Collins is retiring from his position as the 6-12 Instructional Math Coach and as a track assistant coach, effective June 15, 2023.

Joanne Koth is retiring from her position as Title I teacher at Kluckhohn Elementary and the end of the 2022-23 school year.

Cari Herbst is resigning her third grade teaching position and MTSS position at the conclusion of the 2022-23 school year.

Kennedy Candor is resigning from her position as Clark Elementary Interventionist (COVID ESSER funded position) at the conclusion of the 2022-23 school year.

Gabe Davis is resigning his position as varsity boys basketball assistant coach at the end of the school year.

Board President Angela Catton deferred to Superintendent Dr. Steve Webner for comments on the resignations.

“Bruce Ludwig has been the director of technology for 26 years and I can say the reason we have such outstanding technology is because of him,” Webner said. “Obviously the board showed support in funding that, but just in my 17 years here, it is night and day. We didn’t have much when I first got here. With the board’s commitment, Bruce ran with it. He’s had great support but he’s also been very foresighted. He’s done a great job so I would really like to thank him.”

Collins has been with the district 34 years.

Collins was a middle school math teacher, who moved into the instructional coach position.

“He was the first instructional math coach at the secondary level for this new program and really, he and the others just got in there right away at the start of the program and set the tone,” Webner said. “He’s been outstanding. He’s definitely helped our teachers to an extremely high level. Plus he’s been a good coach.”

Koth has been with the district 25 years as a Title I teacher.

“For a while she was over at Gehlen when they had the Title I program and she was shared back and forth. But she’s done an outstanding job here and lately has been at Kluckhohn,” Webner said.

Webner noted Herbst has been with the district several years and has been an outstanding third grade teacher.

“This was Kennedy Candor’s first year with the COVID interventionist position, but she’s done a very good job in that area as well,” Webner said.

He continued that David has been a very supportive assistant boys basketball coach for Coach Dave Irwin. “We appreciate what he’s done,” Webner said.

Webner recommended the board approve the resignations as presented.

The board then considered a contract for Mark Walz for Director of Technology for 2023-24 at a salary of $102,000/year.

“Mark Walz has been working under Bruce for a number of years. He’s in charge of all the servers and making sure everything is running the way it should and he is outstanding,” Webner told the board. “We’re fortunate to have him here, he could easily be private company. He’s been there but he found he likes school better.

“He will definitely take this program and continue to help it grow and keep our students and teachers on the forefront of the technology. I highly recommend Mark Walz for that director of technology position to replace Bruce Ludwig,” Webner said.

The board unanimously approved the contract for Walz as director of technology.

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