Rothsay school looks for new leadersPublished 11:01am Friday, April 15, 2011
Rothsay Public School will have new leadership for 2011-12, in light of Supt. Mary Donahue Stetz and Principal Ehren Zimmerman taking positions in other school districts. Donahue Stetz has been hired by Walker-Hackensack-Akeley to become superintendent in that district, and Zimmerman will assume duties as high school principal at Perham-Dent.
In Rothsay, the search committee is headed by School Board Chairman Jim Boyce along with fellow board members Chad Larson and Kevin Brenden. Other school board members are John Reber, David Zimmerman and Bruce Brenden.
Donahue Stetz has been employed by Rothsay Public School since 2000. She held a dual role as principal-superintendent until becoming superintendent. Zimmerman worked nine years in Rothsay and served as both principal and activities director.
“We will move forward with new leadership at the school,” said school board member and search committee member Kevin Brenden on Thursday. “This community takes pride in its school and we have good students, parents, teachers and staff.”
Rothsay, like other school districts all across Minnesota, has been challenged in recent years with declining enrollment and cuts in state funding.
During the past two years Donahue-Stetz and Zimmerman have taken the lead in the school system while partnering with Otter Tail Power Company on energy conservation. The school developed a Students for the Community Energy Challenge team.
The theme became “one state, one country, one world. We want people to know that little things can make a big difference if you have passion to make the change.”
Students in Rothsay help lead the charge to model next-century energy use habits, said Donohue-Stetz.
“What you as students are doing here at our school and in your homes is exciting,” said Donohue-Stetz during a recent student body gathering. “For us as administrators, staff and teachers, it’s something that’s very refreshing.”Tags: Rothsay