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Montevideo Schools selects new superintendent

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

MONTEVIDEO -- Dr. Luther Heller will succeed David Baukol as superintendent of schools in Montevid-eo.

Montevideo School Board me-mbers na-med Hel-ler earlier this week as their finalist to succeed Baukol, who will be retiring. Heller and board members reached a contract agreement at a special meeting on Wednesday evening. He will begin his role as superintendent in July.

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Heller is currently the director of administrative services for the Southwest/West Central Service Cooperative in Marshall.

Heller said he is looking forward to his new role and return to a superintendent's position. That's despite the economic challenges that Montevideo and virtually all school districts in the state are facing. Heller said the economic situation is sure to demand much of his and the district's attention at the onset.

He said he was attracted to the position in Montevideo both by what he found in the community and the school.

He said Montevideo is a nice-sized community that offers a wide range of opportunities. Likewise, the size of the Montevideo school district means it has been able to provide its students with a wide range of opportunities, said Heller.

He brings to his role 37 years of experience in education, 19 of them as a superintendent of schools. A native of Wyoming, Heller said his family moved around and he graduated from high school in northwest Iowa. He began his career in education in Nebraska, serving as an activities director, football coach and superintendent in Nebraska school before accepting the post of superintendent of schools in Springfield, Minn., in 1996.

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