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Grand Meadow unsure how to replace out-going superintendent

Wanted: A K-12 principal, a school superintendent or a combination thereof.

The job posting is generating an average of about five candidates a day for Grand Meadow School District, says outgoing superintendent Joe Brown, who is headed for a similar job in Fairmont this summer.

"There's a lot of good talent," he said.

Budget constraints are forcing Grand Meadow to lean toward hiring a new building principal and examining the possibility of sharing a superintendent with another district or a partnership of several districts that allows its members to share resources.

Brown said Grand Meadow hasn't decided which avenue it wants to take.


He announced his resignation May 12. He will move to Fairmont Area Schools on June 30. He told the Post-Bulletin last week he wants to get back to a district similar to Austin, where he was principal of Austin High School for five years until he took the superintendent's job in Grand Meadow in 2005. Brown also became the building's 5-12 principal and taught an Advanced Placement course.

The resignation is the latest in a series of personnel shakeups in the area. Houston Public Schools hired an interim superintendent at the beginning of May after the resignation of superintendent Kim Ross in the midst of an investigation into the activities of a company he created with another district employee.

Kingsland Public Schools hired a new superintendent on Monday.

Brown said he expects the board will make a decision by the end of June.

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