Conboy resigns as RCW superintendent
RENVILLE -- Renville County West Superintendent Doug Conboy has resigned. Conboy said he begins work on July 1 as the superintendent for the Mora Public Schools. Conboy gave notice last week, prior to Monday's School Board meeting. "We need to cu...
RENVILLE -- Renville County West Superintendent Doug Conboy has resigned.
Conboy said he begins work on July 1 as the superintendent for the Mora Public Schools.
Conboy gave notice last week, prior to Monday's School Board meeting.
"We need to cut an administrator; my suggestion was to cut me," Conboy said.
"I made the suggestion to the board in November, and then I began to look," he said. "You assume people are going to take what you recommend seriously, and that's what I did."
Conboy said he is not leaving because of dissatisfaction with his job, the School Board or the RCW community.
"I enjoy this place," he said.
Moving to Mora will take him and his wife closer to their sons and to other relatives, Conboy said.
Conboy has recently taken part in discussions with other Renville County school districts. All of the districts are struggling financially and are looking for ways to work together to save money. The discussions have touched on possibilities of sharing positions and on future consolidation.
Those discussions will continue after he leaves, he said.
"It has to keep going," he added. "There's nothing else to do."
RCW and other districts are below the "critical mass" of students needed to keep a school district operating efficiently, he said, and they will need to continue looking for ways to work together.
Conboy came to RCW in July 2003 after working in schools on Minnesota's North Shore for 29 years. He taught elementary physical education and special education and held administrative positions in Silver Bay, Two Harbors and Grand Marais. He was certified as a principal and superintendent in 2000.
On Monday, the board approved a contract with the Southwest/West Central Service Cooperative for business management services. An employee in the business office resigned, and the $7,700 contract will oversee the district's business office through June 30.
The board also voted to discontinue the late activity shuttle bus route to Belview, effective Feb. 20.