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Wellington to retire from Spring Valley schools

SPRING VALLEY--Spring Valley School Superintendent David Wellington Monday announced his retirement, effective in the summer of 2014.

Wellington has been Spring Valley’s school superintendent for 12 years.

The school board commended him for his efforts.

Board President Peter Coyne said, “Mr. Wellington has had to make many very tough decisions throughout his time here in Spring Valley, and he has always placed the best interests of the district and its students ahead of his own personal feelings. This situation is no different; by notifying us now, we will have time to do a thorough search for the best possible candidate to be his successor. We know it has been a tough decision for him to make and we wish him the best in retirement.”

During Wellington’s tenure, the district has seen many successes, including the implementation of technology for more personalized learning, state and national recognition for academic excellence, and long-term sound fiscal practices. The district has faced challenges as well, including declining enrollment, changes in school funding, and rapidly evolving state and federal educational expectations and policies.

Wellington said, “It has been my honor and privilege to serve as the superintendent for the past 12 years. This position has been the most challenging and the most rewarding of my professional career. Helping children learn is simply the best job in the world.”

Groundwork for the superintendent search will begin immediately, with the actual search being conducted early in 2014. The new superintendent will start during the summer of 2014.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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