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ST. ANSGAR | The St. Ansgar School Board approved a superintendent sharing agreement with Northwood-Kensett by a vote of 4-1 Monday. 

If the N-K School Board approves the agreement during its meeting on Thursday night, Michael Crozier will serve as superintendent of both districts during the fiscal year beginning July 1.  

Crozier is currently the superintendent at Northwood-Kensett. St. Ansgar Superintendent Jody Gray is planning to retire at the end of the current fiscal year. 

Steve Groth, president of the St. Ansgar School Board, said the district would save $92,000 during the 2019-20 fiscal year with the superintendent sharing agreement. 

School board member Tara Bork voted against the agreement, saying she feels rushed into making a decision.  

She suggested waiting until the 2020-21 fiscal year to implement superintendent sharing to allow for more time to plan. 

Groth said the he's heard from state education officials, as well as officials from other districts that share superintendents, the agreement would be good for St. Ansgar.  

He also said the money the district could save through superintendent sharing is important.

Gorth noted the board decided earlier in the meeting, upon the urging of administrators and parents, that a fifth-grade teacher who is retiring at the end of the year will need to be replaced to avoid having only one fifth-grade teacher during the 2019-20 school year. 

"Why wait another year to save $92,000?" he said. 

For the complete story, read the April 16 print edition of the Mitchell County Press-News. 

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