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Mercil, Frank hired as assistant principals

The Park Rapids School Board appointed the pair on June 6 to the new positions at Century School.

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Mark Frank and Steph Mercil
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The Park Rapids School Board hired two assistant principals for Century School on Monday.

Assistant principal for pre-K to grade 3 will be Steph Mercil, lately the school’s elementary coordinator of educational services (CES). Assistant principal for grades 4-8 will be Mark Frank, lately principal at Menahga High School.

“We are excited for Steph Mercil and Mark Frank to join our staff as assistant principals,” Superintendent Lance Bagstad commented. “Both of them bring leadership experience and skills to our district, enhancing the mission of providing the best educational opportunities for Park Rapids Area students and families.”

Career in PR Schools

Mercil has been CES since 2019 and previously taught second grade at Century School for 14 years. She started her career as a student teacher at Century School in 2002, and served as a substitute teacher and school-home interventionist in the area before being hired as a second grade teacher in 2005.

She has also served as the school district’s mentorship coordinator since 2015. Her other leadership roles include intervention team leader since 2019, literacy leadership team leader since 2018 and organizational leader for a Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Grant (2018-20).

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Mercil holds a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Bemidji State University, with a communication arts and grade 5-8 literature specialty; a Master of Science degree in teaching, learning and leadership from Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall; and an Education Specialist degree and K-12 administrative licensure from Southwest. She received an Alpha Delta Kappa Minnesota Education in Excellence Award in 2020.

“I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve our students, families and community as assistant principal,” said Mercil.

Achievements in Menahga

Frank has been high school principal at Menahga since 2015. He previously taught fourth grade in Menahga (2012-15), third grade in Milaca (2005-12) and kindergarten in Menahga (2004-05).

A graduate of Nevis High School, Frank earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Bemidji State University, majoring in elementary education with a pre-primary specialty and PP-6 licensure. He holds a Masters in Education degree and K-12 administrative licensure from St. Mary’s University in Winona.

Frank is the son of former Hubbard County commissioner Floyd Frank and his late wife, Sue, who have owned and operated Round Bay Resort for the past 42 years and where Mark continues to work during the summer. He has a daughter, Maddie, a sophomore at Moorhead State majoring in social work, and a son, Brock, going into sixth grade.

In a letter to Bagstad and the school board, Frank wrote, “I am honored to have been selected … and accept the position with great enthusiasm. … I am eager to get to work with such a positive, collaborative administration team.”

During his time at Menahga High School, he noted, the school passed a $15 million referendum, built a high school addition, grew its Career and Technical Education and College in the High School programs and implemented Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports.

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