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More Forest Park staff filing for retirement

CRYSTAL FALLS—Three more very familiar faces will be missing from Forest Park when the 2020-21 school year starts.
    During its regular meeting on Jan. 27, the school B\board accepted the retirements of fourth grade teacher Joni Horst, high school science teacher Jen Toivonen and K-12 guidance counselor Harold Payne.
    Together, they have 73 years of service to the district: 29 years for Horst, 25 years for Toivonen and 19 years for Payne. The board accepted all three retirements “with regret.”
    Payne’s letter said that it had been his privilege to serve the students and families of Forest Park, and he thanked the district’s teachers, administrators and staff.
    “I believe it is an exciting time at Forest Park,” Payne’s letter concluded, “and the future looks bright.”
    In her letter, Horst thanked the district for the many experiences she has had. “My employment as a teacher here has been mostly enjoyable, and I will miss my colleagues and the students when my last day here arrives.”
    All three positions were posted in-house to the staff, which will have five days to apply. “I do anticipate a little bit of movement,” noted Superintendent Becky Waters, as teachers move from one position to another and others claim vacancies that are created. “We will be doing some shuffling around.”

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