The Hancock School District will officially have a new superintendent after the school board aprpoved a contract with School Administrative Specialty Services at the April 15 meeting.

The district will hire retiring New London-Spicer superintendent Paul Carlson in annual contract with SASS for $69,840.

The district worked with Ray Farwell of SASS, the same organization the district used to hire Loren Hacker in 2014. Hacker will fully retire on June 30. Carlson will serve in a part-time role just as Hacker said.

"He (Farwell) got a good one for us," school board chairman Barry Nelson said of Carlson.

"He will provide you with the leadership you've come to expect and deserve," Farwell said.

"You will really enjoy working with him," Hacker said.

Carlson has been the superintendent at NL-S for the past 17 years. He will retire on June 30 and according to state law, must be retired for at least one day before he starts the parttime job wiht Hancock.

In other personnel action, the board approved the list of probationary teachers: industrial arts teacher Scott Thompson, art teacher Cari Burnet, first grade teacher Leah Peterson, kindergarten teacher Hilary Lindor and college English teacher Penny Schmidgall.

The board aprpoved placing sixth grade eacher Darin Stanislawski on a fourth year of probation.

"This fourth year was not done lightly but seriously and with expectations," Hacker said.

School board member Troy Hausmann asked, "Have those expectations been made clear?"

K-12 principal Tim Pahl said the expectations were made clear.

The board also approved several resignations including that of first grade teacher Hannah Plattner. Plattner has been hired by the Morris Area School District. Junior high basketball coach Leah Peterson, cheerleading coach Ashley Christianson and junior varsity boys basketball coach Chad Rohloff all resigned.

The board approved hiring Lacie Maanum as an elementary teacher. She will graduate from from Minnesota State Moorhead this spring, Pahl said.