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Broderius to serve as MACCRAY interim superintendent

Briana Sanchez / Tribune file photo Sherri Broderius, left, will serve as interim superintendent for MACCRAY Schools while the district searches for a permanent replacement. Broderius is shown May 18 talking to Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School Board member Jeanna Lilleberg at the school in Grove City. Broderius retired in June as superintendent of ACGC Schools.

CLARA CITY — The former superintendent of the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District will take over duties as interim superintendent for the MACCRAY Schools.

MACCRAY School Board members at their meeting Monday in Clara City approved an agreement with Sherri Broderius to serve as interim superintendent. She will take over the interim role from John Thein, a Clara City native who has served in that capacity since the start of the school year.

Broderius retired as superintendent of the ACGC Schools in June. She began her career 34 years earlier as a third-grade teacher in Cosmos. She became high school principal for the district in 1996 and served additionally as superintendent beginning in 2009.

Thein had retired as superintendent of the Roseville Schools and also served as interim superintendent for the St. Paul Schools before returning to his hometown to assist in an interim role. Superintendent Brian Koslofsky had resigned at the end of August to accept a position as director of the Wright Technical Center.

Broderius will begin her duties with MACCRAY by working alongside Thein next week.

They will use the opportunity to jointly host a work session with board members Monday. Board members will discuss the search for a permanent superintendent with Jerry Robicheau of BKB Associates. He has met with school staff members and is meeting with community residents to identify the attributes desired in a new superintendent, Thein said.

He said they will also use to the work session as an opportunity for board members to identify areas where they agree in terms of the district as a whole. The district has been divided with the failure of two bond issues that would have funded construction of a central campus in Clara City and razed the elementary schools in Raymond and Maynard.

Thein said Broderius brings experience as a superintendent working in a district with multiple communities and different campus locations.

He added that he has enjoyed his role with the district, and is optimistic for it. "I told board members that the best days are ahead of you, not behind you.''

The district is seeing enrollment growth, and that growth will necessitate some action at the high school. The current fifth- and sixth-grade classes will increase student numbers by 45 when they advance to the high school over the next two years and replace the current 11th- and 12th-grade classes, and space is already tight, he explained.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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