Detroit Lakes Public Schools Superintendent Doug Froke has announced that he will be leaving his position with the district at the end of the current school year.

"I let the staff know last Wednesday (Oct. 15), and the school board accepted my resignation at Monday's board meeting," said Froke, adding that he will be remaining in his current position until June 30, 2020.

"I wanted to make sure the district had time to prepare for a suitable replacement and get a quality applicant pool," Froke said of his reasons for announcing his plans so early in the school year.

As for the reasons behind his decision to resign, Froke said, "The window for me to retire is narrowing, so the time to look at something different is now."

He added that he would be exploring a variety of other career opportunities, both in the public and private sectors, and that he and his family have not yet made any decisions as to whether they will continue to make their home in the lakes area.