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home : news : news July 24, 2014

4/22/2014 3:36:00 PM
District takes next step in bond process
School board to also finalize contracts of new administrators

By David Richards

It will be a busy agenda for the Byron school board tonight at its regular monthly meeting.

The board is slated to discuss the bond sale, which stems from the March 11 referendum voters passed that will ultimately build a new elementary school.

The board is also scheduled to formally approve the contracts for three district administrators for the upcoming school year.

Unlike the bond for the new high school that failed in 2002 and passed two years later, the latest bond passed on the first try, with the new facility to house pre-kindergarten through second grade and which is set to open for the 2016-2017 school year.

"It's a good day for Byron Schools," said Jennifer Walsh, the district's director of business operations, on voting day. "I'm very happy. It's just a tremendous amount of work that goes into an effort like this."

As far as new administrators go for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year, the district recently hired three of them, including: Amanda Lyons as elementary assistant principal; Richard Swanson as middle school principal; and Steve Willman as high school principal.

Lyons is a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) kindergarten teacher for Winona Public Schools.

For Byron, Lyons will be based at the community education center and will be overseeing kindergarten, which moves to all-day everyday this fall, early childhood special education, as well as helping out at the elementary school.

Swanson, principal at the area's alternative learning center in the Zumbro Education District, takes over for interim principal Dick Jones at the middle school.

Willman, an assistant principal at John Marshall High School, takes over at Byron High School for the retiring Mike Duffy.




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