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Goracke named K-6 principal at ACGC


GROVE CITY -- Kodi Goracke has been hired as the new K-6 grade principal at the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District.

The ACGC School Board unanimously approved her appointment on Monday.

She replaced David Oehrlein, who resigned to take a position as principal with the Paynesville School District.

Goracke has been a special education teacher at ACGC for about six years.

"She's been a phenomenal teacher for us," said Superintendent Sherri Broderius.

Goracke completed her administrative classes and received her superintendent certification earlier this year, prior to Oehr-lein's resignation.

"She happened to be there and be ready," said Brod-erius.

The district received applications from 17 candidates and interviewed five. The job was initially offered to another candidate, who declined the position.

Broderius said Goracke was a "very close second" and accepted the job offer.

Her job officially starts July 1, but she's already digging in. "She's not afraid of some hard work," said Broderius.

The district is now looking to fill the special education post.

In other action:

- The board accepted the resignation of Geri Ness, a fourth grade teacher at ACGC South Elementary in Cosmos.

- Increased the price of school lunched by 20-cents, bringing the cost for elementary students to $2.05 and $2.30 for high school students. ACGC was required to increase prices as part of the new federal program to improve school nutrition, which will cost districts more money to implement.

- Acknowledged the receipt of numerous gifts for the school's new garden, including a roto tiller and half-dozen apple trees.

- Approved a contract to lease additional space at ACGC South to a program that provides educational services to students with disabilities. The contract will generate $42,339 in revenue for ACGC.

- The board held a closed session to discuss negotiation strategy for certified staff.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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