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Bessemer hires school superintendent


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David Radovich, new superintendent of Bessemer Area Schools, met the school board and some staff at Wednesday's special board meeting. Also pictured is business manager Chris Bergquist.

BESSEMER — Bessemer School Board verbally approved the appointment of David Radovich as part-time superintendent for the 2013-14 school year, through Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School District at a special meeting Wednesday afternoon. The appointment is for 135 days at $400 per day, with a flexible three-day work week.

Radovich graduated from Ontonagon High School in 1971, and served as principal at the Hermantown (Minn.) School District. In the 2007-08 school year, he was named northwestern Minnesota's Principal of the Year, said board member Al Gaiss.

“I've had a compelling desire to get back into education since retirement three years ago,” said Radovich. “It's a joyful career.” He said he has worked with bond referendums in the past, and has met with success.

“You're not as happy as I am,” said board president Robert Berg.

Radovich will begin work Friday, and will post his schedule a couple weeks in advance, he told the board and the 15 teachers at the meeting. His office will be at Washington School.

Business manager Chris Bergquist said applications for high school principal have been received, and she will get them to Radovich on Friday.

In other business, the board:

—Announced layoffs of Jean Sandell, Barb Waara, and Tammy Kann for the comming school year.

—Approved posting a position for full time high school English teacher and a junior high English teacher.

—Approved a new policy that no one is allowed in the gym or weight room at A.D. Johnston without a coach or an approved adult over the age of 21.


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