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Superintendent Linnell submits resignation

Pequot Lakes Schools Superintendent Rick Linnell has submitted his resignation to the school board, effective June 30, 2013.

The resignation is not yet accepted; the board is scheduled to approve or reject it at its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15.

Linnell said that after 32 years in education, he’s eligible for retirement.

“I’m contemplating retirement. There might be a new challenge of some kind out there. I’m always looking for a new challenge,” he said Tuesday morning.

The Pequot Lakes School Board hired Linnell in 2006. Because superintendent contracts last three years, Linnell’s contract was set to expire at the end of this school year.

Though most of his work has been as superintendent, Linnell taught elsewhere for 15 years in varying subjects, including biology, physical education and health. He also coached a number of sports.

Before coming to Pequot Lakes, he was superintendent of the St. Clair School District for nine years. He spent one year as acting superintendent and high school and elementary principal there, helping the St. Clair district transition out of poor financial shape.

He was a teacher in the Hawley School District for 14 years prior to working for the St. Clair school system.

School board chair Valarie Wallin said that if the resignation is accepted at Thursday’s meeting, the district will advertise the opening and interview with the intent of having somebody to start on July 1, 2013.

Wallin said her understanding is that districts generally interview for new superintendents in early spring, as early as February or March.

She added that some districts require superintendents to indicate whether they wish to enter negotiations to renew a contract by Feb. 1; for that reason, interviewing could begin as early as January. That way, a superintendent coming in from another district would have time to notify his or her school board.

“Rick has done a great job with our district, and it’s not easy to see him go, that’s for sure,” Wallin said. “I certainly wish him the best of luck in his next venture.”