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Lake City superintendent headed to Totino-Grace

Craig Junker

LAKE CITY — It appears that Lake City Schools will be searching for a new superintendent this summer.

Totino-Grace High School published a press release Monday announcing current Lake City Superintendent Craig Junker as its next president. Junker was not available for comment on Monday, but heis quoted in the press release about his new position.

"What excites me about Totino-Grace is that the staff meets students at the door and helps them to become the person God wants them to be," Junker said in the release. "Once people are part of Totino-Grace, they belong to a community that will have a lifelong impact. People profoundly care about one another and are invested in each other's success. Totino-Grace is for life."

Junker was named superintendent of Lake City Schools in 2009, where he oversaw a budget of more than $14 million. He's expected to move closer to Fridley this summer and begin his new position on July 1.

Prior to moving to Lake City, his wife's hometown, Junker served as president of Cotter Schools in Winona for nine years. He and his family, which includes three children in grade school, will be warmly welcomed at their new school.


"A major part of the search committee's work was to call the references provided by the candidates," wrote Mary Wilcox and Kevin Kehn, co-chairs of the T-G search committee. "After checking those initial references, we then moved into second and third level of references, all in an attempt to make sure the candidates 'walk the talk.' In Craig's case, parents, students and faculty all confirmed what we saw throughout the extensive interview process.

"It was out of this sense of his 'fit' with the culture of TG that the search committee unanimously recommended him as the next president, the corporate board unanimously accepted the recommendation, and Archbishop (John) Nienstedt affirmed his appointment as president of Totino-Grace."

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