School counselor resigns, new teachers coming on board at ISD 166

School counselor Bryan Hackbarth submitted his resignation this summer and has taken a job as assistant principal at the Cass Lake-Bena Area Learning Center in Cass Lake. 

This spring, the school board had considered eliminating the school counselor position, but after a huge showing of support for Hackbarth which included testimonies regarding how he had helped students and kept them engaged in school, his job was retained.

Hackbarth was qualified for the new 6-12 principal position but did not apply for it.

Whether he will be replaced by a full-time school counselor is unknown, the school board is looking at ways to work with Cook County Higher Education and the Human Development Center to provide services that had been offered by the school counselor.

Also leaving is sixth-grade math and science teacher and girls’ basketball coach Todd Toulouse, who resigned to take a job as dean of students at Little Falls Community Middle School. His position has not been filled yet.

Two vacancies left by the retirement of teachers Dena Schliep and Joan Ege will be filled by Lacey Smith, teaching kindergarten, and Karen Obinger teaching second grade.