After joining the Osceola school district in early April, business manager Lynette Edwards has launched into her first full school year.

She already knows she likes the size of the district, and has enjoyed getting to know colleagues. 

“I love the staff,” she said in July. “Everyone I’ve met has been helpful, very friendly and encouraging.” 

She’s taken on the challenge of learning all that’s going on in the district, and marrying vision to financial resources as she works with others on the district budget.

“There are places that the staff want to go in the district,” she said. “They’re very forward thinking.” 

Case in point: Chieftain Manufacturing, a business inside the tech ed department. 

“That’s a good example of some of the technology at the high school,” she said. “We’re wanting to expand and grow Chieftain Manufacturing, and I’m trying to figure out how we can do that. Other districts in the state of Wisconsin are doing similar programs, so there are models. It’s exciting to think of teaching kids not just the trade but how to make it a living and a business.”

Edwards moved to Osceola from the Fox Valley region, but as a UW River Falls alum she was somewhat familiar with the St. Croix Valley. The move also brought her closer to her daughter, a U of M student in the Twin Cities.

A kayaker, Edwards is also enjoying close proximity to the river. She took up cycling last fall, and has made a point of checking out local restaurants and breweries. 

Over the summer

As for the school year, upcoming highlights include rewriting the district’s strategic plan. 

“That’s going to be big work,” Edwards said. “That really drives the big decisions the district makes. … I welcome calls and questions from taxpayers and the community.”

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