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Schlaak retires as USC principal

By Staff | Jun 28, 2020

Kelly Schlaak

The United South Central School District School Board met Monday evening, June 22, to approve the retirement resignation of high school principal Kelly Schlaak.

Schlaak, who has served in the district for 34 years, will be on staff until October of this year.

She began her teaching career as a high school business education teacher in Bricelyn.

Schlaak received her bachelor’s degree from Mankato State University in 1986 and completed her master’s degree in 2000 from the University of New England in Maine.

She would continue her schooling at Minnesota State University Mankato where she received her administrative degree in 2003.

Schlaak lives outside of New Richland. She and her husband, Keith, have two children, Paige and Chad.

The board expressed their appreciation of Schlaak’s years of service.

Next, the board discussed the direction the district should take to replace Schlaak.

Among the options discussed were a part-time principle or a dean of students.

“A dean of students is not required to have a principal’s license,” board chairman Dale Stevermer said. “They also cannot perform all of the duties which a principal is able to do.”

It was noted principals are able to conduct teacher and para-professional evaluations whereas a dean of students is not licensed to perform that task.

Following the discussion the board voted unanimously to seek applications for a full-time 7-12 high school principal.