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Superior District to lose several longtime administrators

The Superior School District will lose 97 years worth of administrative experience at the end of June, based on the list of new hires, transfers, resignations and retirements for February.

Forty of those years belong to Steve Olson, assistant principal at Superior High School. He will retire June 30.

"He takes such history with him," District Administrator Amy Starzecki said during the Committee of the Whole meeting Monday, Feb. 4. "I reach out to him often to say, 'How did this used to look?' He's always been a resource for me that way. I'll miss that."

Lake Superior Elementary School Principal Mark Howard (28 years), Facilities Director Gary Niemi (11 years), Director of Special Education and Student Services Kathy Hinders (11 years) and Director of Health Services Lynne Bauer (7 years) will also retire in June.

"That's a huge loss in years of experience," Starzecki said.

In addition, Superior High School Principal Greg Posewitz is resigning after two years with the district. The four other resignations listed for February were all special education assistants.

The high school principal position was posted Tuesday, Feb. 5 on the district website, www.superior.k12.wi.us/. The others will be posted on a staggered timeline, Starzecki said.

A flier highlighting why the district is a great place to work has been created to attract applicants. Starzecki said some of duties of these administrative positions may be realigned to ensure they address current priorities and workloads, but she didn't expect any to be eliminated.