Kingsland school district seeking new administrator
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 11:01 AM
Kingsland will be searching for a new administrator as the school board on Monday, March 21, accepted the resignation of Administrative Assistant/Activities Director Trent Langemo.
Ironically, Langemo will be taking the place of Pine River-Backus High School Principal Kristil McDonald, wife of new Kingsland Superintendent John McDonald. After her husband accepted the position at Kingsland last year, Kristil McDonald told the Pine River-Backus board last August that she would be leaving at the end of her contract year on June 30, 2011.
Langemo will begin his duties at Pine River-Backus on July 1. He was one of five finalists for the position at Pine River-Backus, which is similar in size to Kingsland and 10 miles from Pequot Lakes, where John McDonald was principal. The Pine River-Backus School Board approved his contract the same night the Kingsland board accepted his resignation.
Langemo earned his master's degree in educational leadership from Concordia University, St. Paul, in 2009 and enrolled in the K-12 principal/superintendent licensure from Winona State University in 2010.
Langemo took the administrative assistant position at Kingsland in 2010 during a shakeup in administration prior to the most recent school year. Previously, Langemo was a social studies teacher at Kingsland High School for seven years and also coached football for several years.
Although Langemo wasn't a licensed principal when he moved into his current position, the Kingsland School Board Monday said that it will be looking for a licensed administrator this time. The new job of Kingsland assistant principal/activities director will include supervision of staff and curriculum as assistant principal, which would take slightly more than half of the individual's time. The remainder of the duties, taking slightly less than half time, would be as activities director, explained Superintendent McDonald.
Kingsland had shuffled its administrative makeup last year after Superintendent Darrin Stosahl and high school Principal Jon Ellerbusch departed. Superintendent McDonald began July 1 while former elementary and middle school Principal Jim Hecimovich became principal for all schools in the district.