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Lahn to take second leave of absence

The Alexandria School District 206 Board of Education received a request for a personal leave of absence that was submitted by Superintendent Rick Lahn. The leave began on Friday, August 22 and will continue through December 31, 2014.

 On Monday, August 25, Board Chair Dean Anderson announced the district’s leadership structure through the end of the calendar year. Dr. Terry Quist, former District 206 superintendent from 2006 to 2012, has agreed to return in a contracted interim superintendent capacity. In that role, Quist will be responsible for the daily operations of the district and will report directly to the school board. The school board is expected to take formal action on the leadership model at its regular September 15 meeting.

Board Chair Anderson stated, “The board feels so fortunate to have someone with Terry’s familiarity, skills and insight available and willing to step in to ensure a seamless transition. These are exciting times for District 206 and we look forward to his leadership in advancing the many important initiatives the district is currently working on.”

This is a similar set up to when Lahn requested an intermittent leave of absence in December 2013. The leave continued through February 14, 2014, to allow Lahn to care for his wife who was battling brain cancer. During the leave, Lahn worked a flexible schedule while Quist stepped into a contracted assistant superintendent role.

The district did not release a statement on Lahn’s reason for the latest request.

Annie Harman
Annie Harman is a reporter for Echo Press and The Osakis Review. She grew up in Detroit Lakes and graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with a degree in print journalism and history in May 2012. Follow her on Twitter at annieharman
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