La Crosse district approves two principals, nutrition director

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Check to Emerson, Huth to Spence and Volden to No. 1 in nutrition
Emerson Elementary

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — Three people described as “incredibly strong advocates for students” will assume leadership roles in the La Crosse School District on July 1.
The three, whom the school board approved today, are:

  • Eric Check, whose most recent position in the district was dean of students at Lincoln Elementary School, becomes principal at Emerson Elementary School.Erick Check
  • Kari Huth, who most recently was an elementary school principal in the Cashton School District, was approved as principal of Spence Elementary School.Kari Huth
  • Marilyn Volden, the district’s new school nutrition supervisor, most recently was school nutrition specialist for the La Crosse district.

Marilyn VoldenCheck has been in the La Crosse district since 2005, also serving as a coach and teacher.
“Every day, students come to school at different development levels, different skill levels, and various personal backgrounds,” Check said. “What we provide as educators should empower students and allow them to exhibit and showcase skills that will lead to academic achievement and I believe our daily interactions with students directly impact that achievement.”
Huth has 20 years of experience in education, including being a teacher in the West Salem School District, program and instructional resources director for CESA 4 and instructional resources coordinator for the Holmen School District.
“I am convinced that positive relationships and school culture — along with best practices in teaching — contribute the most in student success,” Huth said. “It’s my mission to provide a positive, safe and nurturing school environment for all students to learn.”

Volden was a nutrition director for more than 17 years in the Viroqua and Westby school districts and worked for the La Crosse County Health Department as a health educator for four years.
She will replace retiring school nutrition supervisor Lyn Halvorson.

“My experience with developing Farm to School programming has been one of the most positive experiences of my career,” Volden said. “Bringing food education to students and working with local chefs to inspire and train kitchen staff has improved the nutrition value and quality of our local school meals.”

“These three leaders are incredibly strong advocates for students,” said Superintendent Randy Nelson. “They all share a student-centered approach, keeping student success at the forefront of all decision-making.”

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