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Monson turns down job offer from STMA

Morris Area Superintendent Scott Monson will be staying in the district after turning down a job offer in the St. Michael-Albertville School District.

Monson, Morris Area's Superintendent since 2004, was one of three finalists for an assistant superintedent position in the STMA district.

According to reports in the North Crow River News and Press, the candidate hired will work in another adminstrative role for a year or two until current Superintendent Marcia Ziegler retires. The candidate then would take over Ziegler's position.

"I was offered the job but for a variety of reasons I decided not to take it," Monson said Friday. "Morris is a very good place and that's what I kept coming back to."

James Behle, Assistant Superintendent, Iowa City Public Schools, was hired. Ann-Marie Foucault, Principal of Albertville Primary and STMA's Curriculum Director, was the other finalist.

Monson said Friday that STMA was a "very nice district" with many positive attributes.

During a public reception in the STMA district last week, Monson said he "very humbled by this very exciting opportunity," according to a Press and News report.

Monson said his wife, Lisa, is a kindergarten teacher in Kensington. He has a 21-year career in education beginning as a teacher in South Dakota.

Monson was a high school principal at Benson High School from 2000 to 2004 and was principal at Fulda from 1999 to 2000.

Monson said he was prepared to take on the challenge of leading a much larger school district.

"I wouldn't be here if I wasn't ready for the challenge," Monson was quoted in the Press and News report. "I will maintain focus and I have a pretty good set of base skills."