Only two school secretaries in building history

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Carol Brodersen

McCOOK, Neb. --For almost 60 years, only two have held the position as head secretary at McCook High School. And this year, the most recent has retired.

Carol Brodersen has been manning the front office as head secretary at the high school for the past 25 years and retired in May. She replaced the former head secretary, Dorothy Baker, who started with the school in 1958 and retired after 34 years.

Their commitment to the job is a testament to their work ethic, said McCook Schools business manager Rick Haney.

"It's phenomenal to have only two people fill a position for over 58 years," he said at the regular school board meeting Monday night.

Haney said Brodersen will be moving to Lincoln to be closer to family.

With a light agenda, the McCook School Board opened and closed its meeting within a hour Monday night, with all voting items unanimously approved with little or no discussion. Board member Loretta Hauxwell was absent from the meeting and the board formally voted to excuse her absence.

One of those items included approving an administration salary package increase not to exceed $33,807.29.

Superintendent Grant Norgaard told the board that he has completed administration evaluations but has not yet visited one-on-one with all of administration. He added that the increases would be close to the amount he requested.

The salary increase will affect the administration team of high school principal, Jeff Gross; assistant principal, Jerry Smith; McCook School District business manager, Rick Haney; activities director, Darin Nichols; junior high principal, Chad Lyons; Central Elementary principal, Kate Repass; McCook Elementary, Tim Garcia; SPED director, John Hanson and school psychologist, Robin Bennett If the entire amount requested is distributed evenly, the salary increases would amount to a 2.8 percent annual increase.

Other items approved Monday night included:

* removing two board policies concerning attendance centers in the district. Board president Tom Bredvick said that board policies that are eliminated, or are new, are placed on the regular agenda for a vote by the full board, instead of the consent agenda.

The two policies the board approved removing Monday night were 502.04, attendance center assignment and 502.021, Attendance Area: Response to LB 126. Both polices are no longer needed due to LB 126, enacted in 2005, that forced rural Class I, K-8 schools to dissolve and be absorbed by a neighboring K-12 school district. The law affected rural District 8 in the McCook School District. Voters repealed LB 126 in a 2006 statewide referendum, but the process to re-instate Class I schools was complex and required, among other requirements, approval by state committees and still left tax evaluations and voting purposed with the K-12 school district

* approved student handbooks for the junior / senior high and for McCook Elementary / Central Elementary. Handbooks are available online at but hard copies will be provided to parents upon request. Board members complimented staff and Kim Korgen in particular for the clean, easy-to-read format.

* approved the appointment of the superintendent to sign for federal state grants and funs

* a $1,521.40 increase in the construction project now in progress at the high school. The project will enhance safety and security features at the high school and the increase is due to higher than expected costs in leveling the floor at the high school front office and nurse station.

Another unrelated project at the high school include the renovation of two English classrooms, that are nearly completed with new ceilings, flooring and cabinetry.

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  • Carol started in the district as a para professional at the Junior high. She is a wonderful person. She will be missed.

    -- Posted by dennis on Wed, Jul 13, 2016, at 7:48 AM
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