By Daniel E. McGonigle
The Caledonia Argus
Lee Morem began his duties as the new Facilities Director for Caledonia Area Public Schools this week and the district is already seeing dividends.
“We are blessed to be able to add Lee to our team,” said superintendent Ben Barton. “He has the right disposition to lead our facilitates department as well as a tremendous mechanical mind. He has been on the job for only a few days and I am already aware of him making repairs to mechanicals that we would have had to contract out in the past. This saves the district time and money.”
Morem joins the district after 25 years of working for the Austin municipal department in Austin, Minn.
“I started working there 25 years ago when I was 22,” Morem laughed. “I’m excited to be facing new challenges and meeting and working with new people.”
Morem and his family moved to Caledonia last July and he recently had lunch with his son Marten, who is a senior at Caledonia High School.
“That was special, something I haven’t been able to do for 17 years,” he said. “Work in the same town that my son goes to school in.”
“I’m really excited to be part of this high level program,” Morem said. “Everybody knows about Caledonia’s athletics obviously, and our academics are strong and I hope to bring these school facilities and protect this precious resource and maintain that high level and quality of work that Caledonia Public Schools are used to in other areas.”
Morem will compliment the leadership team and said he hopes to take things off of Mr. Barton’s plate.
“If I can take some of these duties and carry out what the school board’s wishes are and allow the administrative team to focus on what they do best, then I am doing my job,” Morem noted.
Morem joins the district just as they are in the middle of a retro-fitting of their lights.
“My focus is first on safety, but if I can also contribute to the energy efficiencies that my predecessor has put in place then that would be my hope,” he said.
Morem has spent his first week on the job getting to know the grounds, working closely with his staff and prepping the buildings for the return of students.
“There are so many tremendous people on this staff,” he said. “The elementary and high school have very talented and hard working people. I believe I am going to learn a lot from all of them.”
Morem said the district is also looking for help in the custodial department.
“We have some openings to join this incredible team if anyone is interested,” he smiled.
For Morem, he’s looking most forward to “getting to know the people.”
In his spare time he enjoys Caledonia sports; his son Marten plays football, basketball and runs track.
He also enjoys being on the water and is looking forward to doing some fishing now that he works closer to where he lives.
He and his wife Mary, the Caledonia High School principal, have their son Marten as well as a daughter who teaches at Kasson-Mantorville school district (3rd grade) and another daughter who will be attending graduate school in Michigan.