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Washington school principal resigns

Pat Westby, principal at Washington Elementary in Alexandria, has submitted his resignation in order to accept the Superintendent of Schools position with the West Central Area School District.

At its meeting Monday evening, the District 206 Board of Education formally accepted Westby's resignation effective June 30, 2008.

Westby has enjoyed his year at the helm of Washington, home to 450 elementary students.

In a resignation letter addressed to Terry Quist and the school board he stated his appreciation "for the opportunity to work with you during this past year. It has been my honor and privilege to serve the students, families and staff of Washington Elementary."

Before coming to District 206 in August 2007, Westby served as an elementary principal in the West Central Area School District, which is located near Barrett and also serves Kensington, Hoffman, Elbow Lake, Wendell and other areas.

Prior to that, he taught elementary school for eight years in the communities of Pipestone and Moorhead.

The district administration is currently putting together a process to select a new principal for Washington and will share information with the public when it becomes available.

Westby's resignation is the latest in a series of leadership changes that have happened in School District 206. Last July, Joe Hill resigned at principal of Jefferson High School. He will be replaced in July by Chad Duwenhoegger, who has been principal at Discovery Middle School.

This leaves the district with two principal positions to fill - one at Discovery and now one at Washington.