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Six candidates to interview for MAHS principal position

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Correction: This story originally stated that Cory Steiner was a principal at West Fargo High School. That is incorrect. Steiner was released from his contract in that district in June at his request.

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MORRIS - Six candidates are set to be interviewed for the open position as principal of Morris Area High School.

Mike Coquyt submitted his resignation on June 20 and finished out his contract on June 30, although he has been contracted for an additional 15 days of work to assist with the transition to a new administrator.

Despite the late posting for the position, the district received 17 applicants for the position. Superintendent Scott Monson offered interviews to seven candidates, and six accepted. Interviews will be conducted by a team of district staff and school board members on July 24 and 25.

In a memo to the Morris Area School Board, Monson said he hopes to extend an offer soon after the interviews.

"It would be a goal to have someone in place as early as August 1, although that might be a bit optimistic," said Monson.

The six candidates who will be interviewed are as follows:

• Tamara Schultz most recently served as the superintendent of the East Central School District in Finlayson, Minn. from 2010-2012. She was the director of curriculum for the West Central Education District in Sauk Centre, Minn. from 2009-2010. The WCED served Albany, Sauk Centre, Melrose, and Paynesville. From 2005-2009, Schultz was the director of curriculum, instruction, and learning experiences for the Marshall School District. Schultz also has experience as a family and consumer science teacher, enrichment coordinator and graduation standards specialist, and ALC principal.

• Cory Steiner was most recently the high school principal for grades 10-12 at West Fargo High School in North Dakota. Steiner has served in this capacity since 2011, but was released from his contract at his request in June 2012. Previously, Steiner was an assistant principal at West Fargo High School from 2006-2011 after serving as the high school principal at Des Lacs-Burlington (N.D.) high school for two years. Steiner also has experience as an activities director, social studies teacher, technology facilitator, and coach.

• Jason Vold is currently serving as the director of the New Century Academy in Hutchinson, Minn. Vold has also served as an ALC social studies teacher in Detroit Lakes, Minn., a social studies and science teacher in Anoka, Minn. and a social studies and reading teacher in Spring Lake Park, Minn.

• Glenn Klaphake has been the high school assistant principal and activities director in Rockford, Minn. since 2011. Previously, Klaphake served as the high school activities director in St. Francis, Minn. in 2010-2011. He was also the high school activities director in Princeton, Minn. from 2001-2010 and a K-12 assistant principal in the Milaca Public Schools in Milaca, Minn. from 1995-2001. Klaphake also has experience as a dean of students, health education, health department chair, health curriculum coordinator and coach.

• James Menton most recently served as the K-12 principal in the Nicollet School District during the 2011-2012 school year. Menton has previously served as the high school principal in Benson, Minn., from 2007-2011, along with being the director of the Chippewa River Day Treatment Program from 2009-2011. Menton has experience as a district assessment coordinator, Spanish teacher, FIRST Robotics advisor, and building technology director.

• Craig Peterson has been the high school principal/dean of students at Warren-Alvarado-Oslo High School since 2007. He has also served as activities director at WAO since 2009. Previously, Peterson was the high school principal in New Rockford-Sheyenne High School in New Rockford, N.D., in 2006-2007. He has also been a high school social science teacher in Marshall County Central in Newfolden, Minn., and coached a variety of sports at the youth, high school, and junior college levels.

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Kim Ukura is the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune. 

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