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There’s a lot at stake for Winona’s public schools. The incoming leader says she’s up to the task.

Madeline HeimMay 26, 2019

Annette Freiheit comes from a humble family.

Her father did not finish high school. Her mother worked as a licensed beautician. They each played a role in shaping her down-to-earth, honest nature.

“My parents taught me how to work hard, be respectful of others and they will treat you that way,” Freiheit said. “That’s one of the foundations of my leadership.”

On July 1, Freiheit will bring that leadership to the helm of the Winona Area Public Schools when she takes over as superintendent. The school board Thursday approved her three-year contract, wherein her first year’s salary is listed at $149,000.

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