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Morris Area School Board accepts resignation from superintendent

MORRIS – The Morris Area School Board officially accepted the resignation of Superintendent Scott Monson at their meeting on Tuesday.

Monson’s final day in Morris will be Monday, June 30. He will begin work as superintendent of the Marshall Public Schools on Monday, July 7.

“It’s kind of a sad time,” said board chair Kurt Gartland. “We’ve had him here for 10 years time and I think he’s done a good job over the years and made a lot of improvements from an administrative standpoint.”

In his letter to the board, Monson said working as the superintendent has been rewarding and challenging.

“I will always have fond memories of this district and am proud of the district and everything that has been accomplished,” Monson said. “I would especially like to thank all of the students who have attended school in ISD 769 and 2769 – I cannot imagine working with a group of better kids than these.”

The board appointed a temporary committee of Gartland, Robyn Van Eps, Dick Metzger and Doug Stahman discuss options for how to move forward and present a plan to the full school board.

Gartland said options could include hiring an interim superintendent for the upcoming school year or begin the search for a qualified candidate immediately.

The committee has planned their first meeting for next Tuesday, July 1.

According to the Marshall Independent, Monson was one of three finalists interviewed for the position.

Other finalists included Patrick Westby, superintendent of West Central Area Schools in Barrett, and Steven Baule, superintendent of the North Boone School District in Poplar Grove, Ill.

Marshall School Board Chairman Jeff Chapman told the newspaper that Monson received positive ratings from the school board and search committees. School board members felt Monson would be a good fit for the Marshall district, and would have good vision to carry the district forward, the paper reported.