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Lohman enjoys new district position

By on October 4, 2017 at 11:53 am

Bob Lohmann

A lot of dominoes fell at once for the Waterloo School District last year. 

The entire community suffered the tragic and unexpected loss of a Waterloo High School student. The issue of mental health was brought to the forefront. And more people in the community came to realize they needed to play an active role in their schools.

Not to mention, the healing would take time. And it has.

Now, with the recent retirement of Kelly Lerch as the district’s wellness coordinator, and a need to develop a new strategy, longtime Waterloo High School guidance counselor Bob Lohman is stepping up to serve in the district’s newly created position of director of guidance and social work.

“We have a growing concern for mental health issues among students and throughout the community and an increasing need for us to respond as a school district,” Waterloo school superintendent Brian Charron recently told the Republic-Times. “That need, plus Kelly Lerch’s retirement, caused the creation of this position to address these responsibilities.”

Lohman, after only about a month into the new school year, said he needs to figure out what skills and experiences he can bring to the position.

“I knew before accepting the position that I would be absorbing some of what (Lerch) did. And I knew then and have only been reaffirmed over time that I’m no Kelly Lerch,” he said. “As I’ve tried to figure out how she did things, it makes me appreciate all the things she did even more.

“What she did for students, as much as people know, no one will ever know the full scope. But I’ll be the best (version of me) that I can be. It’s a huge learning curve. 

“I’m still getting comfortable with organizing and scheduling my day and with who I need to contact for certain resources.”

Lohman has been with the district since 1998 and began serving as a guidance counselor in 2002…>>> 

Read the rest of this story in the October 4 issue of the Republic-Times.

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