Pequot Lakes: School board approves interim superintendent contract

Preliminary budget for the 2021-22 school year also reviewed.

Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton Superintendent Kurt Stumpf addresses the Pequot Lakes School Board during his interview for the Pequot Lakes interim superintendent position on Monday, June 7. The board voted to offer Stumpf the position. Dan Determan / Echo Journal

In a special meeting Monday, June 14, the Pequot Lakes School Board approved a contract for interim superintendent Kurt Stumpf.

The contract is for a one-year term beginning Thursday, July 1, and ending June 30, 2022. Stumpf will be paid a salary of $140,000.

Stumpf will take over for current Superintendent Chris Lindholm, who accepted the superintendent position for the Cook County School District. Stumpf currently serves as superintendent of the Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton School District, and has already informed the Pequot Lakes School Board he intends to apply for the full-time superintendent position next year.

In a work session held before the special meeting, the board reviewed its preliminary budget for the 2021-22 school year with business manager Heidi Hagen. The district expects to operate with $26,041,670 against expenditures of $39,510,006.

The board also reviewed proposed changes to the activities handbook with Activities Director Byron Westrich. Proposed changes include eliminating the family pass, increasing the cost of individual adult passes from $30 to $50 and allowing students to attend home events for free.


The elimination of the late return rule was also proposed, which allows students an excused late arrival to school following a late return from an activity (after midnight) the night before.

Dan Determan may be reached at 218-855-5879 or Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter at

Dan Determan has been a reporter for the Echo Journal since 2014, primarily covering sports at Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus
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