When Pequot Lakes School District Superintendent Jim Oraskovich accepted his current position he knew it would mean less contact with the students than his previous job as principal.
To keep in touch with the kids, Oraskovich made a practice of trying to visit classrooms about three times a week. The practice seems to have worked as Oraskovich prepares to retire June 30, after 25 years in Pequot Lakes and almost 38 years in education. Oraskovich's career included stints as a sixth-grade teacher, an assistant principal, a principal and superintendent.
What prompted him to leave the classroom was the chance to do more for the students and be a leader within the school district.
In his 25 years in Pequot Lakes Oraskovich has certainly put his leadership skills to good use. The 61-year-old superintendent used the work ethic he learned on the family's dairy farm and tackled tough budget problems while managing the district. His willingness to be a leader extended beyond school also, as Oraskovich served with the Central Lakes Rotary Club, the Governor's Fishing Opener Committee, 4-H and other community and professional organizations.
Oraskovich set a high standard of professional and community leadership. His efforts played a vital role in the education of generations of Pequot Lakes students.
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