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Pequot Lakes superintendent hands in resignation letter

Pequot Lakes Superintendent Rick Linnell is handing in his resignation after being with the school district since 2006.

The Pequot Lakes School Board will vote Thursday on whether to accept his resignation letter. Linnell will work through the 2012-13 school year and finish off his contract which ends June 30, 2013.

Linnell, 57, said Wednesday that it’s time for him to move on and find a new challenge. Linnell said one of his goals when he was hired in Pequot Lakes was to help the school district pass a referendum and he has done that, with the community’s help. The referendum resulted in a $33 million building project that is expected to be complete by the summer of 2013.

Linnell said he’s proud of the district’s building project and how he helped the district become fiscally sound.

“My goal is to never leave a district worse off than when I got there and I am not doing that,” said Linnell. “The building project will be done then, so it’s time for me to find a new challenge.”

Linnell said at this time, he is contemplating retirement, but it depends on what type of career opportunities he finds in the upcoming months.

“I may retire and do more hunting and golfing, unless I find something,” said Linnell.“...My wife is a teacher in southern Minnesota and I will be able to spend more time with her and my two children.”

Academically, Linnell said his proudest achievements over the years in Pequot Lakes are starting the all-day, every day kindergarten program and district’s two-hour literacy block program that promotes reading. Linnell said the students reading scores have improved and it is good to see.

Prior to coming to the Pequot Lakes, Linnell was the superintendent of the St. Clair School District, a small farming community near Mankato. He had nine years experience as superintendent and one year of experience as acting superintendent and high school and elementary principal. He also worked as a teacher in the Hawley School District as a teacher for 14 years.

Linnell was named one of four finalists in the search for a Farmington School District superintendent June of 2011, but did not get the position.

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