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Superintendent Laine Larson to announce retirement

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Laine Larson
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Brainerd Public Schools Superintendent Laine Larson is expected to announce her retirement at the School Board’s meeting Monday, Jan. 10.

According to the board agenda, Larson will retire effective June 30, and the human resources director will begin working with the board chair on the process of finding a replacement.

Larson was hired in 2016. She previously served as superintendent at Thief River Falls Public Schools.

Larson wrote in her retirement letter that her tenure in Brainerd is one of her greatest professional achievements and said she is proud of various accomplishments, including passing the $205 million bonding referendum in 2018, resulting in various building upgrades and the new Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts.

“It has been my honor to lead Brainerd Public Schools during my career,” Larson wrote in the letter. “As I have said so many times, ‘there is no more important job in the world than that of a teacher. We are all teachers working on behalf of our future!’”

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For more on this story, check out the Tuesday e-edition of the Brainerd Dispatch or brainerddispatch.com .

Theresa Bourke started working at the Dispatch in July 2018, covering Brainerd city government and area education, including Brainerd Public Schools and Central Lakes College.
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