November 12, 2014
Please be advised:
Today I informed the staff of the Dover-Eyota School District, after having previously informed the Board of Education, of my intent to retire from my position as superintendent of the Dover-Eyota School District, effective June 30, 2015. My announcement at this time allows the Board of Education ample time to conduct a thorough search process for my successor. A special meeting of the Board has been scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday) at 7:00 PM to act on my intent and begin discussions regarding that search.
My retirement date will mark exactly 10 years of service to Dover-Eyota as its superintendent, an experience I shall always treasure for the fond memories and wonderful people I came to know. I wish to offer my sincere appreciation to the Board of Education for placing their confidence in me at the time of my selection, as well as for its ongoing support of my work over the past decade. I am also extremely appreciative to the members of my Cabinet at Dover-Eyota, whom I will always hold in the highest regard as a result of our many labors together. To the staff, parents and community of Dover-Eyota, as well as the many students I have had the privilege of knowing and supporting over the years, my sincere gratitude is extended as well.
This decision marks the end of my 41 years as a full-time educator in Minnesota, a career for which I am deeply humbled and honored to have had the privilege to experience. My expressions of gratitude begin with my wife, Lynette, who through my 13 years as a teacher and coach in Madelia, 9 years as a principal in Granada-Huntley-East Chain, 9 years as the superintendent in Grand Meadow, and these 10 years in Dover-Eyota, has steadfastly endured with me the many ups and downs of these positions. As a result of the opportunities bestowed upon me in each of these school districts and communities, I now also have countless friends and colleagues whom I will forever treasure, and to whom I will be forever grateful. From my beginnings as a farm boy in the Elkton, MN area where I graduated from before they became Southland, I have been blessed with a wonderful and fulfilling career.
My future plans at this time are not completely established, although I most look forward to increased time available to spend with my wife, parents, four children and their spouses, and our seven beautiful grandchildren. Meanwhile, I will always have a passion for Education, and do not intend to completely exit the field into which I have invested a great portion of my life. While I will enjoy having more time to do the camping, golfing, fishing and landscaping I have always enjoyed, I also will explore selected opportunities to further contribute to Education, and sincerely wish my very best to all those in the field as you continue to pursue excellence on behalf of America’s children.