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Frazee principal fills in as superintendent; mtng June 27

The Frazee-Vergas School Board has appointed its own principal as the emergency interim superintendent.

At a special meeting Friday noon, the school board unanimously voted approval for Rob Nudell, who already has his superintendent license, to serve in the superintendent capacity until the board decides where to go from here.

The district's former superintendent, Deron Stender, agreed to a buyout offer earlier this month. He legally has until June 25 to withdraw his signature on the agreement.

At a previous school board meeting, the board asked Nudell if he would be willing to fill the emergency position. He sent a proposal to the board, agreeing to fill in until an interim superintendent could be hired. He agreed to take on the duties at his principal rate of pay.

"That's just working to do what's right here," he said Friday.

He said he'd work however many days are needed between now and the July 12 regular board meeting, and while he'd like to work in two or four hour increments, if something simply needed his signature, he'd run in and sign the document, not charging the district for his time.

"I know you're on the winning end of it, but I'm not expecting any compensation for it," he said.

Nudell makes about $85,000 a year.

He said he will depend on the business managers and administrative assistant to help him, since they know what needs to be done better than he does at this point.

The board set another special meeting for Monday, June 27, at 7 a.m. to discuss what to do next, whether it be hire an interim superintendent, look through applications or stick with Nudell as an interim superintendent.

The district has advertised for an interim superintendent and already received applications.