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Director of Finance and Human Resources Randi Johnson to retire
After 36 years working for North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS), Finance and Human Resources Director Randi Johnson recently announced her intention to retire.

Johnson, a native of Chicago, Ill., was originally hired full time by the school district in 1981 as an accountant. After a few years, she was promoted to Finance Director and had Human Resources added to her title around 1986. She has served in that capacity ever since.

Together with husband Mark, Johnson raised five children in Harris - Rachel, Anna, Mark, Maggie, and Joe, all of whom attended NBAPS.
Several times during her career, Johnson has been asked to speak to the Minnesota Association of School Business Officials (MASBO) on the subject of budgeting, and was named MASBO's Business Official of the Year in 2015.

In her years serving NBAPS, Johnson has been a dedicated public employee and passionate supporter of the school district. With her retirement the school district loses not only an exemplary staff member, but also an historian and advocate for the school district and community. In her career she served under four different superintendents.

Johnson's retirement will take effect in September of 2017 and a hiring process is already underway to find a suitable replacement. NBAPS will host a reception for Johnson; the reception details will be shared closer to her retirement date.

Two staff members who have worked closely with Johnson over the last several years are Superintendent Deb Henton and Community Relations Coordinator Patrick Tepoorten. 

"I will miss Randi's talent for taking the complex and making it simple and easy to understand," said Tepoorten, "Her professionalism and integrity serve as an inspiration to many of us who work with her on a regular basis."

"Randi is so much more than a fellow employee to me," said Henton. "I am proud to call her a friend. It is difficult to put into words what an asset she has been to public education here and the difference she has made. She has certainly been indispensable to me and I will dearly miss our daily conversations and having her at my side in times of challenge."
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