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Morris Area Elementary principal Brad Korn to retire in June

MORRIS, Minn. - The search for a new principal for Morris Area Elementary School is underway.

The Morris Area School Board formally accepted Brad Korn's resignation as principal at a special meeting this week. Korn will retire effective June 30.

Korn announced his plans to retire at the end of this year to staff at a meeting last week. In his resignation letter to the board, Korn said Morris is an "excellent school system" and that "it has been a pleasure to work with the Morris Area student, staff and community."

Superintendent Scott Monson said the district has already posted a job advertisement for a new principal, and that he hopes to have a new principal chosen by the end of April. Monson said it seems like there are many administrative positions open this year, so he would like to be quick about moving through the application and interview process.

In the last week, Monson has met with staff to find out what qualities they would like to have in a new principal, and will be approaching the school board with similar questions. He then plans to use the responses to screen candidate applications and develop interview questions.

Monson said he hopes to gather a large pool of participants on an interview committee, which would likely interview six finalists for the position. If all goes as planned, the candidate could be approved at a special school board meeting by the end of April or in early May.

A new elementary principal would formally begin work on July 1, 2012.