Spooner "Excited" About New AD Duties Here
Jason Spooner is no stranger to Cherokee, its athletic programs or this community.
Spooner, a lifelong Cherokee resident and 1994 Washington High School graduate, recently accepted a fulltime position in the Cherokee Community School District as Activities Director.
"I couldn't be more excited," said Spooner. "This is my hometown and I graduated from high school here. I'm so thankful for the opportunity to serve as activities director and look forward to working for the district and community I love."
Spooner, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, and in 2016 earned his Master of Science in Education Leadership at Southwest Minnesota State University, has been an educator and coach in the Storm Lake Community School District since 2006.
Recently, Cherokee's School Board voted to make the Activities Director job a fulltime position. "To do the job right, it really does take a fulltime commitment, so I'm happy our school board recognized that," noted Spooner.
Spooner was quick to credit outgoing AD Josh Landhuis, for his contributions over the past six years and for his willingness to help in the transition. "Josh has been great in sharing knowledge and getting me started," said Spooner. "He's done a great job here and I'll continue to build on what we already have."
"We are blessed with great coaches and staff here," said Spooner. "And we have outstanding community support. Look at our facilities and what this community has done for our schools. Our new baseball field, our football field and track are really top notch. I'm so proud to be here and build on the positive momentum we have going," he said.
According to Spooner, there are many opportunities in the future to be addressed, including continued funding for upgrading facilities, the possibility of new sports added to the program, and the ongoing dilemma of what to do with the dwindling five-member Lakes Conference. The persistent problems with the Cherokee tennis courts are also challenging.
"There will always be challenges and opportunities," said Spooner. "I'm looking forward to working with the administrative staff and school board here to do what's best for our students."
Kim Lingenfelter, Cherokee Superintendent of Schools, said she is happy to welcome Spooner to the staff here. "Jason Spooner brings teaching, coaching, officiating, and leadership experience to Cherokee," she said. "We have plans for Jason to empower students and elevate all programs in Cherokee."
Lingenfelter added, "The administrative team began brainstorming after Josh Landhuis decided he wanted a full-time classroom with middle school AD duties so that he could spend more time with his young family. The AD position involves many evenings so we are excited to welcome Jason with a flexible daily schedule on a 200-day contract. We are hopeful that a flexible schedule will provide a more manageable leadership/life fit."
Spooner begins his duties here officially on July 1.