School Board hires community education director

The TCU Board of Education filled several open positions at its special meeting on Tuesday, May 28 in the high school band room.
Among the items, the board approved the contract for Community Education Director Kari Gorr. 
She was hired on an amended two-year contract for $71,500, with paid holidays, sick, vacation and emergency leave. She can elect to enroll in the district health insurance plan, however the district does not provide any contribution toward the premiums.
Gorr’s job duties are different than Nate Warden’s job description. She will be the director for solely the TCU District. Warden’s position was shared with TCU and Le Sueur-Henderson, but on May 7, LSH chose to discontinue the shared services agreement.
Gorr is the manager of the Minneapolis Kids School Age Care program within the district’s community education department. After giving her some history of the department and who has held positions during the last three years, Gorr said the job she is in is very similar. She said one of her goals is to understand TCU’s history and culture and build on it.
“TCU has great programs now, but I want to build on those for the TCU District,” she said. “I am really excited to connect with the community on this exciting adventure. I look forward to seeing what is unique in each community and the common thread that connects all of them.”
Superintendent Matt Helgerson said Gorr has top quality communication skills and has served on a website development committee in Minneapolis Public Schools. He said she will be responsible for some district communication components, oversight of marketing and branding, and will also provide oversight for the district's website.
“The hiring team felt she was the right fit during this continuing transition,” he said.
Gorr lives in Dundas and begins her position on July 1.
The board also approved the community education agreements for Amanda Motz, Comm. Ed. Kidzone Coordinator; Stacy Ceplecha, administrative assistant; Mary Simon, coordinator; and ECFE/SR coordinator Kathy Johnson.
The board also hired;
• Jason Jerabek as the Lonsdale Elementary Physical Education/DAPE Teacher.
Adam Vold as the district’s school psychologist.
• Angela Hoff as the district-wide occupational therapist.
• Christine Young as the DAC/ELL Intervention TOSA. Young has been with the district since 2003 as an elementary school teacher.