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Brandon-Evansville names Glenetske as new superintendent

Glenetske's contract was approved at the district's regular school board meeting on Monday, May 16.

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BRANDON-EVANSVILLE — A new superintendent has been named for the Brandon-Evansville School District.

Current high school math teacher Louisa Glenetske was announced as the new superintendent for the district, taking over for outgoing superintendent Don Peschel, whose last day is June 30.

Louisa Glenetske
Louisa Glenetske

Glenetske's contract was approved at the district's regular school board meeting on Monday, May 16.

A 2000 Osakis graduate, Glenetske began her teaching career in 2004 in the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa School District. She taught there for four years before being hired as a math teacher for Brandon-Evansville.

"It is my honor and privilege to start my new position at Brandon-Evansville as the superintendent. ... I am excited for all of the changes that are happening in the district and am thrilled to be part of such a great team and community," Glenetske wrote in an email to the Echo Press. "There are many challenges and even more opportunities that lie ahead, and I look forward to working collaboratively with the staff and community to continue the positive growth I have seen in the district in the past 14 years."

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Glenetske lives in Osakis with her husband, Chris, with whom she has five children.

Expansion project

The school board also approved two bids relating to the district's ongoing expansion project.

The first was in regard to the demolition of the 1917 Evansville building. The bid was from DRC, Inc. of Minnetonka in the amount of $236,000.

Peschel said asbestos removal in the building will begin on May 31, and demolition will take place after July 4.

The second bid was for precast concrete for both additions and was in the amount of $1,385,000. It was awarded to Wells Concrete of Maple Grove.

Peschel said the district is also looking at working with the Evansville EDA regarding the bus garage in Evansville.

"They are interested in that property, so I think moving forward, we'll continue to have those conversations," Peschel said Tuesday. "The district isn't going to need it. As part of the construction project, that will be relocated in Brandon. We will have a new facility for our school vehicles there."

At the board's regular meeting last month, Sean Lewis of ICS Consulting said additions in the district's construction project will start in the spring of 2023 and interior portions of the renovation are expected to take place in the summer of 2024.

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Everything should be finished in the fall of 2024, he said.

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