DL selects high school principal
Detroit Lakes High School has a new principal.
Darren Wolf, current assistant principal of Rogers High School in Elk River, was hired for the position at Monday’s regular meeting of the Detroit Lakes School Board.
He was one of two finalists interviewed for the position earlier this month; the other was Morris Public Schools Superintendent Scott Monson.
Wolf will begin his new post July 1, taking over from Interim DLHS Principal Lisa Weber, who will continue in her position as director of the Detroit Lakes Area Learning Center. Weber had been doing double duty since the resignation of former DLHS principal Steve Morben last summer.
Wolf said that he and his wife Kim were “very excited” about making the move to Detroit Lakes from Elk River this summer.
“We have been in Elk River for the past 25 years,” Wolf said. “That part (leaving their longtime home) will be difficult, but everyone has been so welcoming.
“We’re anticipating that this will be a great move for us.”
He added that he was very familiar with the Detroit Lakes community, where his parents have been residents for the past nine years.
“My daughter (Katie) will be getting married here this summer, at my parents’ home on Long Lake,” he added.
Oldest son Jake is currently working at a hospital in Coon Rapids, while their younger son Josh is finishing up his senior year at Elk River and will enter St. Olaf College in Northfield as a freshman in the fall.
“We’ll have an empty nest — without the nest,” Wolf joked, noting that he and his wife will be making the transition to Detroit Lakes over the summer months.
“I’ll be working remotely (from Elk River) until then,” he said, though he also indicated that he hopes to make the trip to Detroit Lakes “a time or two” yet this spring to become more familiar with the district.
“Lisa (Weber) has offered to help me with the transition,” Wolf added.
“Our whole family is excited about moving to Detroit Lakes,” he said. “This will be kind of a new adventure for us to look forward to… I see nothing but wonderful things ahead.”
Also at Monday’s meeting, longtime school board member Terrie Boyd announced her resignation, effective May 30.
“It’s been an honor to serve this district for 8½ years,” she said. “This district does an amazing job of ensuring education opportunities not just for our kids, but for the entire community.”
Boyd will be joining her husband Kerry in Joplin, Mo., where he accepted a new job back in January. They had been residents of Detroit Lakes for the past 20 years.
“This has been an amazing community,” Boyd said, becoming teary-eyed as she spoke.
No decisions have yet been made about finding a replacement for Boyd on the board.
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