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Superintendent to start in August

Lance Bagstad has accepted the offer of superintendent of the Park Rapids School District.

It's now official.

Lance Bagstad resigned his position as school superintendent of Renville County West Monday evening and the Park Rapids School Board subsequently approved hiring him, by unanimous vote.

His starting date will be sometime between Aug. 17-27, current superintendent Glenn Chiodo reported. He's been in contact with Bagstad on the transition, sending information on school issues. Bagstad's last "official day" in Renville is Aug. 17. Chiodo's last day has not yet been determined.

"I'll be here to answer questions as they pop up," Chiodo said.

"I've heard nothing but positives," Chiodo said of the superintendent candidate interview process that included board, staff and community members. "People are enthused on how it worked. It speaks volumes about the staff and community," he said, noting the process holds some complexities regarding questions that may be posed.

"If you stay the course, good things come of it," Chiodo said.

In other action, the board:

n Approved the Century School handbook changes, now a combination of elementary and middle school.

Board member Gary Gauldin commended Century principal Joleen DeLaHunt and assistant principal Shawn Andress for their efforts. "It's a monumental task," he said.

n Learned 104 Century students will receive Targeted Services this summer, the program to continue into the school year.

n Approved the 2012-13 high school, activities and coaches handbooks.

n Approved Terra Campbell for a one-year position as middle school art teacher, replacing Terry Schroeder who will teach special education students.

n Will renew room rental leases with Kinship and Living at Home at the current rates.

n Approved Dean Foods' dairy bid, Pan o Gold's bread bid.

n Approved a memorandum of understanding with Northland Community College for 2012-13 College in the High School program.