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School Board hires new high school principal

MORRIS - Craig Peterson, the former high school principal and activities director for the Warren-Alvarado-Oslo school district, has been named principal of Morris Area High School.

Although Peterson was formally approved by the school board at a special meeting on Wednesday, he had already put in a couple days of work, meeting with Superintendent Scott Monson last Friday, participating in a fundraising golf event Saturday, and getting settled in his office Monday.

Peterson was one of six candidates who were interviewed for the position. Of the six, Monson told the board three candidates stood out and, after background checks and reviewing notes from the interviews and application materials, Peterson was offered the job.

Peterson is a 1999 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Morris. He has worked as a social studies teacher and coach in Marshall, Minn., as a high school principal in the New Rockford-Cherenne district, and, most recently, spent five years in WAO. Peterson also has a master's degree from the University of North Dakota and administrative licensure from Tri-College University.

In a brief interview Wednesday, Peterson said he is ready to start work in the district and plans to be open communicating and meeting with students and parents.

Peterson will be out at the Stevens County Fair on Thursday, Aug. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Morris Area School District tent.

At Wednesday's school board meeting, the board also approved hiring Scott Rollag as the new director of buildings and grounds. Rollag had been the buildings and grounds supervisor in the Underwood school district since 2004.