A familiar face at hundreds of after school activities,
Wendy Hoadley officially retired prior to the holiday break.
She is pictured here with a cake for a farewell gathering Dec. 22.
A familiar face at hundreds of after school activities, Wendy Hoadley officially retired prior to the holiday break. She is pictured here with a cake for a farewell gathering Dec. 22.
Kaylis Miltitch

The new year will bring a number of staff changes at the Pelican Rapids schools, including the retirement of two long time staff members. 

A woman of “many hats,” Wendy Hoadley, worked her final day Dec. 23—bringing to conclusion a 33 year tenure at the schools. 

At the elementary school, 23 year teaching veteran Kayls Miltich will be retiring Jan. 15, it was announced at the Dec. 21 school board meeting. 

Eight-year para-professional Marty Carlson who assisted with English as a Second Language, resigned effective Dec. 23. 

Hoadley has intersected with almost all aspects of the district—including hundreds of student–across her three-plus decades. 

“She wore many hats and made a positive impact on many students and staff,” said Superintendent Brian Korf. “We are going to miss her but I know she will continue to support students and staff by attending school events.”

From assisting with special education youth, to coaching volleyball, to involvement with every sports program, as activities director assistant, Hoadley has covered a lot of ground.

Colleagues bid farewell to Hoadley 

She was the guest of honor for a farewell reception Dec. 22 at the high school. 

“It was an amazing place to work and I met and worked with so many amazing students and staff,” wrote Hoadley after the farewell. “The party (Dec.22) was so much fun, and I thank you for that and all the gifts… I will enjoy spending time with my family, working on jigsaw puzzles, crafting and sleeping past 5:00am. Love to you all.”

In her letter to the board, Hoadley dated herself—all the way to 1985, when she was hired to coach volleyball. In 1987, who went to work in the special ed department then in 2013, she was named administrative assistant, assigned activities and athletics. 

“Pelican Rapids Schools has been my home away from home for 33 years,” wrote Hoadley. “In that time, I have gotten to know countless students worked with numerous staff and have attended hundreds of athletic and extra-curricular events.” 

With Hoadley departing, her duties have been split among the high school and district office, said Superintendent Korf. 

Dean of Students Doug Bruggeman is taking on the activity duties that Mrs. Hoadley was in charge of. Other duties were split among high school office staff and district office staff. 

“Wendy always came to work with a positive attitude and was always willing to help anyone,” added Korf. 

Miltich blessed by experience in Pelican

In announcing the retirement of Miltich, elementary Principal Derrick Nelson noted that she had worked in the high school as well as K-6 classes. “She always had a smile on her face and a bounce in her step,” said Nelson.

“It’s difficult to find the words to adequately thank you for all of the love and support I’ve received from our school district’s administration, members of our school board, colleagues, friends from throughout the community and all of the amazing students I’ve been blessed to have taught here,” wrote Miltich in her letter to the school district. 

The school board Dec. 22 approved a number of staff decisions: 

• Hire Abby Fresonke as ADSIS teacher-full time

• Hire Lexy Dunbar as ADSIS teacher

• Hire Kim Haugrud as a long term substitute

• Extend a leave for Charla Seter until approximately April 15, 2020