De La Hunt resigns as Century Elementary principal

Joleen De La Hunt takes 29 years of career experience in education to Sourcewell in Staples as of June 30.

Joleen De La Hunt

Joleen De La Hunt has resigned as principal of Century Elementary School, effective June 30.

In a late addition to their meeting agenda on Monday, the Park Rapids School Board approved De La Hunt’s resignation and wished her luck.

Interviewed by phone on Tuesday, De La Hunt said she was offered a position at Sourcewell in Staples, to be an educational consultant supervisor.

Formerly known as the National Joint Powers Alliance, Sourcewell primarily serves the Central Minnesota “Region 5” economic development area of Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties.

“I will be working with consultants that work directly in schools on professional development, supporting teaching and learning,” she said.


De La Hunt has been an elementary principal for 20 years, the last nine of them at Century School.

She grew up in New Rockford, N.D., and studied at Valley City State University in North Dakota. She later earned a master’s degree in teaching from Aurora University in Illinois and a specialist license in school administration through St. Cloud State University.

She spent two years as a middle school and high school Spanish teacher in Wisconsin, then taught high school Spanish for seven years at Wadena-Deer Creek before serving 11 years as elementary principal in Menahga.

“I am humbled and blessed to have served for the last nine years as the Century Elementary principal,” said De La Hunt. “We have an outstanding staff, outstanding students and a fantastic community, whom I will miss dearly.

“I just want to thank our school community for all the years of support and guidance. I will always be a Panther at heart.”

Robin Fish is a staff reporter at the Park Rapids Enterprise. Contact him at or 218-252-3053.
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