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Eastern Carver County Schools' superintendent to retire

The superintendent of Eastern Carver County Schools, Jim Bauck, has announced his retirement after serving six years. 

Under Bauck’s leadership, the district moved toward personalized learning, opened a dual language immersion school, and approved new construction and more technology.

“The decision to step aside was a difficult one, given the excellent communities that our schools serve and the outstanding care and attention that each of you provide to our students and families every day,” Bauck said in a letter to staff. “The end of this school year will be my 39th year in education and 24th as a superintendent.”

Bauck worked as the superintendent in the Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School District before serving Eastern Carver County Schools , which encompasses Chanhassen, Chaska, Carver and Victoria. 

The Carver board approved a one-year contract for Bauck as well as his resignation on Aug. 16. Bauck announced his departure to staff the following day. 

The school board will use a search firm to select a new superintendent to step in for Bauck, who will retire next June. 

Carver County updates head lice policy

The Carver County Public Health Department has given students the OK to stay in school with head lice. 

The county announced its support for new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National School Nurse Association that children do not have to be sent home for head lice.

“Head lice can be a nuisance but they are not known to spread disease,” Rod Franks, Director, Health and Human Services Division, said in a news release. “Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school are not factors in getting head lice – anyone can get it.”

Schools are ending policies that only allowed students to return if they no longer had nits.

School districts including Anoka-Hennepin have already removed policies excluding students with lice from school. While Carver County is allowing students to stay in school, the department suggests that schools still notify parents of lice outbreaks.