Jerry Janisch, the agricultural education instructor and FFA advisor for the Milbank School District, will retire at the end of the 2021-2022 school year. Janisch formally announced his retirement to the Milbank School District Board of Education on January 10.
Janisch said that although he plans to retire on or before May 31, he would continue to assist with the workers for Valley Queen’s Cheeseburger Day in June and, if necessary, chaperone FFA members to the Washington Leadership Day in July.
Under Janisch’s tenure, the MHS agricultural education program added a greenhouse facility, developed welding opportunities and updated the curriculum and technology to benefit students preparing for a career in agriculture.
Janisch said, “I have always believed that Milbank students can compete with anyone in the nation if given the proper training and resources. Through the years, Milbank FFA members have been recognized for a National FFA Gold – 1st Place Dairy Foods Team, a National FFA Gold – 1st Place Prepared Speaking Individual, and many runner-up career development teams at the national and state FFA levels.”
Superintendent Justin Downes thanked Janisch for his 30 years of service in many capacities to the Milbank School District and said, “He touched the lives of many students.”