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School Board approves Menahga superintendent salary of $105,000

The Menahga School District will have a superintendent and two principals come fall as the board approved administrative changes this week.

Mary Klamm has served as superintendent and high school principal for two years in an effort for the district to save money. With current elementary principal Joleen DeLaHunt leaving her position to be principal in Park Rapids, it was decided to separate the duties and also hire a high school principal.

The Menahga School Board approved renewing Klamm's contract at her current salary of $105,000. The board was divided about giving Klamm the same salary after holding both titles.

Board member Jon Kangas said he thought her responsibilities were being reduced and she should be paid less.

Board member Brad Goehrig also thought the salary was high for a superintendent in this part of the state.

Other board members, including Ernest Huhta, said Klamm will not have fewer responsibilities because she will be overseeing two new principals. Also, Klamm will be overseeing the school building project this summer, which she has been part of since the beginning stages, Huhta said.

Board members Mel Lockhart and Durwin Tomperi were also in favor of the salary because she had saved the district money over the past two years.

The contract was approved 4-2, with Kangas and Goehrig voting against the motion.

The board also approved hiring Daniel Stifter as high school principal at a starting salary of $75,000.

The board had approved hiring Justin Sperling as elementary principal but he later withdrew. Candidates were interviewed Wednesday but no decision had been made by press time about hiring a candidate.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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