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Zumbrota-Mazeppa superintendent to step down

Tony Simons will step down as superintendent of Zumbrota-Mazeppa Schools at the end of his current contract, which ends June 30, 2015.

He has been superintendent for four years.

"I'm looking to do something different," he said. "This is not the right fit for me. I've done all I can do here."

The district has retrofitted schools for mobile technology so all students have a computer, and it has refinanced some bonds and passed an operating referendum last year so finances are in good shape, he said. The district also relocated some grade levels, with grades seven and eight in Zumbrota and three and four in Mazeppa, to become more efficient, Simons said. And test scores have gone up.

"Things are going well in the district," he said.


He's been in education for 35 years, nine as a superintendent and 14 as a principal. He will turn 60 next month.

"It's a tough job; it takes its toll on people," he said. "Sometimes it's the right time to turn it to somebody else."

He only has a few years left in his career, and he's thinking he would like to get back closer to the students, he said.

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