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Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

After three years as principal at Heart of the Lakes- Dent elementary schools in Perham, Kim Grengs is returning to the town that first sparked her teaching career.

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As of July 1, Grengs will take over the position of principal of the fifth elementary school in Farmington, Minn. Prior to her arrival in Perham, Grengs had worked for 13 years as a middle and elementary school teacher in the Farmington Area Public School system.

With Grengs' departure, the Perham-Dent school board is preparing for the 2008-2009 school year with essentially half of the administrative team it had last year. Longtime middle school principal Kitty Krueger is retiring after this year and will be replaced by the current high school dean of students Scott Bjerke.

The board is taking applications for the elementary principal position, said school board chairman Ron Berns, but he isn't ruling out the possibility of a shared administration. For example, the middle school principal could also handle the elementary schools, including Dent.

When Grengs' husband was offered a teaching position in Farmington, Grengs said she decided to apply for the elementary principal position that opened up.

"We both taught in Farmington before we came to Perham," Grengs explains. "But the main reason that we're moving is because our family is there."

Although her time as principal in Perham was relatively short, Grengs leaves behind her a legacy of innovative programs which helped improve the quality of education for Perham-Dent students. During her time in Perham she helped institute the Character Counts education program, advocated the Literacy Collaborative model, and developed a math coaches program.

"Perham has a great school system. The staff is passionate about educating students. The community should feel fortunate that they have such a wonderful staff," said Grengs.

"She has been an outstanding principal. She's done a great job keeping the Perham and Dent schools all on the same page," said Board Chair Berns, referring to the discussions this spring on the future of the Dent school.

"It's hard to leave," she added. "Perham is a great community and I will definitely be back. My husband and I already decided that we'd like to get a cabin here."

June 30 is her last official day with the Perham school district.

"She has been an excellent member of the administrative team, and a tremendous asset to the school," said Prairie Wind Middle School Principal Kitty Krueger.

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