As the New Ulm High School Class of 2013 receives diplomas Friday and heads off to a summer of preparing for the rest of their lives, so will Superintendent Harold Remme. Remme is retiring this year after 16 years as the superintendent of District 88. He will continue on the job through the end of June, no doubt leaving a well-organized, smooth running organization for his successor, Jeff Bertrang.
At a retirement party for Remme Wednesday night, several speakers talked briefly about Remme, the hours upon hours of time he put in each week, his leadership, and the lives of students he has touched, and the difference he has made.
Remme helped lead District 88 through some tough times, when dwindling student numbers and stagnant state spending caused the money available for education in the district to shrink. Through astute administration, by engaging staff and community and by careful stewardship he has helped maintain a school district that still offers a strong curriculum.
Above all, Remme has kept the focus on the students. When budgets had to be cut, when programs had to be trimmed back, when positions had to be eliminated, Remme worked hard to make sure that the impact on students would be minimized. And when the impact would be too great, he led the district to seek tax levy referendums that were not always successful, but which were passed often enough to maintain a good system for the students. The citizens of District 88 can be thankful for Remme's focus, and his service.