Lamprecht retiring from Marshall School District

MARSHALL — He’s had an important role to play for Marshall Public Schools for more than two decades. But now, Bruce Lamprecht is planning to retire.

At the Marshall School Board’s regular meeting Tuesday, board members received notice that Lamprecht, the school district’s director of business services, will be retiring as of June 30. The notice was approved, along with other staff contracts, as part of the board’s consent agenda. But board members gave Lamprecht recognition, and board chairman Jeff Chapman thanked him for his work.

Chapman said Lamprecht has been “a blessing” to have in the Marshall district. Chapman said Lamprecht has put in a lot of important work, including helping to get the school district through difficult times.

Lamprecht said he’s been with Marshall Public Schools for a little over 24 years.

“I started on kind of a part-time basis in November 1993,” and started working full time with the school district in 1994, Lamprecht said. It was a career change for him. At the time, he said, “I was the general manager of the Best Western hotel (in Marshall.)”

But Lamprecht said he had always been supportive of education, and the new job turned out to be a good fit.

Lamprecht said he plans to keep working through June and helping with the transition of a new director of business services. The position has been posted, he said.

• The main presentation at Tuesday’s school board meeting was from staff and students at Park Side Elementary. The group talked about the “Tiger Pride” program, also known as PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) at Park Side.

Implementation of the program started at Park Side about three years ago, said Park Side principal Darci Love. West Side Elementary and Marshall Middle School are doing PBIS programs as well.

A couple major focuses of Tiger Pride are to teach positive behaviors to students, and reinforce the good behavior in a positive way, said special education teacher Hallie Greenfield. Students can get rewarded with “Tiger Tickets” if they’re caught showing behavior that’s respectful, responsible and safe. Students said they’ve gotten tickets for doing things like being quiet in the halls, or helping to keep the school clean.

The tickets students earn are put into reward drawings, and Park Side also holds school celebrations and family movie nights. School staff said the movie nights are a way to get families involved with the school, as well as a fun activity.

“Since we’ve implemented this, there’s been a big cultural change” for students, said kindergarten teacher Sue Strautz.