2/15/2013 10:58:00 AM Lorenzen to fill Podritz' spot on Randolph school board
by Ken Haggerty
Cory Lorenzen was unanimously appointed by the Randolph School Board at its February 11 meeting to fill the term of Kim Podritz, who is moving out of the District and resigned his position after serving for seven years.
Lorenzen was the second highest vote getter in the recent 2012 election, finishing behind Sara Taylor, who started serving on the Board in January.
Lorenzen graduated from Storm Lake High School (IA) in 1994. He attended Northwestern College in Orange City, IA for two years then transferred to Mankato State University. He worked with the City of Burnsville Recreation Department. Since 2002, he has been Customer Service Manager at Quality One Woodwork in Hastings.
Lorenzen is currently on the Education Board at St. Mark's Lutheran Church. He also served on the Men's Club Board at Cannon Golf Club. In 2002, Lorenzen was among a group of community members who started the Randolph Railcats Amateur baseball team.
In 2000, Lorenzen married Keri Berquam, a 1994 graduate of Randolph High School. They have two children: Mason (9) and Carson (5). Keri's parents (Arnie and Anne Berquam) have been Randolph community members for over 35 years.
Podritz said a nephew is interested in buying his home and he is looking at moving to an easier to maintain home in the southern suburbs closer to his wife's work.
The Board discussed options for fixing up the bus garage. No action was taken as they said they want to be clear on what the restrictions are on spending remaining funds from the recent facility bond.
At the minimum, the Board said they want to pave part of the bus garage lot and have a safe walkway to drivers' cars, add some gutters for safety, and remove some trees and shrubs that are hazardous. That project would cost about $50,000. Adding a new pole shed that could get eight buses inside and under cover with the ability to safely and securely plug-in engine heaters on cold nights would cost another $100,000 to $150,000. The District has nine buses and currently can get one inside. Board member Jay Otte said it would be nice to get the buses out of the ice and snow so drivers don't have to scrape windows when they get to work, but noted $200,000 would pay for three new buses.
An option for adding a 20 by 100 foot canopy was not seen as cost worthy by the Board. Board chair Gary Moorhouse said the Board is usually hesitant to spend money that doesn't go directly into education. Podritz said protecting the buses by keeping them out of the severe sun or hail seemed like a good investment.
Elementary Principal Matt Rutledge said he will survey incoming kindergarten parents, visit with other Districts, and try to get solid information on any new State funding for all-day every-day kindergarten in preparing a recommendation for next month's meeting on any changes to the current half-day, every-day kindergarten program offered in Randolph.
Caleb Thielbar visited with the Elementary students before heading off to Twins Spring training...A new Orange and Blue mural is up by the gym and a new decal for the front atrium is coming...Curt Emery is donating $2,500 to the school via a Monsanto rewards program...Next year's calendar is very similar to this year's...District is watching closely implementation of new Health Care law and impact on costs, staffing...Rachel Schaffer was granted leave of absence from preschool assistant position...High school registration for 2013-14 is next week...Kate Esser and Tessa Amundson will return from leave in 2013-14...Four Dakota County Deputies on-hand for intruder drill...Thomas Duff is a 4-H Key Award winner...Preschool tuition will go up $25 next year.