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Lahn to stay at Morris Area

Morris Area Schools superintendent Rick Lahn's planned retirement was short. Within three weeks of accepting his etirement resignation on Dec. 18, the Morris Area School board agreed to rescind his resignation.

The school board voted on Jan. 2 to rescind Lahn's retirement resignation. Lahn told the board he hoped to spend three more years as the district's superintendent.

"We are very happy to have him back," school board chairman Dick Metzger said after the meeting. "I'm looking forward to another three years of his leadership."

Lahn said on Jan. 2 that he's not ready to retire and he wants to continue to serve the district. Also, he has a strong desire to see the district's voter-approved $19.2 million facilities upgrade project in the secondary school.

"I've had a big change of heart," Lahn said of his retirement decision.

"I'm curious as to how often it happens with your position," board member Doug Stahman said of superintendents changing their minds about retirement.

"I wouldn't say it's frequent," Lahn said.

Lahn is in his final year of his contract. "You'd want to get the contract done before too long," he said of a new contract. By law, a Minnesota school district cannot be without a licensed superintendent for even one day, Lahn said.

Although Lahn had said he'd like the length of his contract to be negotiatable when asked by board members, he said he'd want a three-year contract.

Board member Kurt Wulf thanked Lahn for the willingness to serve another three years because it could take three years to completely finish the facilities project.