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Frazee seeking applicants for principal

Frazee-Vergas School Principal Brian Koslofsky has turned in his resignation and the board has approved searching for a new principal.

"I want to thank the school board and Mr. Stender for the guidance over the last couple years," he said at the close of his report Monday evening during the regular school board meeting.

Koslofsky has accepted a position with the Bertha-Hewitt School District but will work for the Frazee district through June.

"You'll be hard to replace," board member Nancy Dashner said as the board voted unanimously to advertise for the same position, a kindergarten through 12th grade principal.

"My successor will do just fine," Koslofsky said.

Superintendent Deron Stender said he'd like the board to have someone hired by August.

After applicants are processed, there is an interview committee that will schedule interviews and make a final recommendation to the full board.

Although committee members weren't named at the Monday night meeting, a list of committee members from when Koslofsky was hired was provided and recommended for this time around as well. No action was taken yet.

The committee was made up of board members Dana Laine and Dashner, and administrative personnel Elementary Dean of Students Troy Haugen, Activities Director Dave Trautman, Special Education Director Bardie Skjonsberg and Stender.

Also at the meeting, the board unanimously approved the recommended budget reductions of one full-time social studies teacher, a half-time business education, a half time counselor and a full-time math position.

The social studies, business and counselor reductions will be absorbed, and the math position is the non-renewal of Amanda Schmitz's probationary teaching contract.

And though it will possibly be talked about in the future, board member Dwight Cook asked board members to think about limiting board involvement with the Meet and Confer committee.

He said with the board not being involved, the meeting could be closed and discussion would flow better and more honestly, not having to worry about data privacy issues.

Starting June 14, the school board meetings will be held at 7 a.m. throughout the summer months. They will still be held in the high school media center.