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Junker leaving Tigers

Lake City School District finds itself looking for a new superintendent.

Totino-Grace High School announced this week that Craig Junker has accepted the post of president.

He will officially start in his new role on July 1. The high school noted that Junker has more than 20 years of experience in Catholic and public education as a coach, teacher, principal, president and superintendent.

“Craig is a great fit for Totino-Grace. His enthusiasm for Catholic education is contagious,” wrote Mary Wilcox and Kevin Kehn, Totino-Grace search committee co-chairs.

Junker took the Lake City superintendent position in 2009 after working as president at Cotter Schools in Winona for nine years.

“What excites me about Totino-Grace is that the staff meets students at the door and helps them to become the person God wants them to be. Once people are part of Totino-Grace, they belong to a community that will have a life-long impact,” Junker said in a statement posted on the Totino-Grace website.

Lake City School Board chair Heath Oeltjen said his board hasn’t met since the announcement but board members will get together at their next meeting – scheduled for Monday – and discuss options for moving forward with a superintendent search.

Oeltjen said the district used a consultant to find Junker in 2009 and the district might go in that direction again.

“We were successful with that,” he said.

Oeltjen said he would like to see a new superintendent in place by July 1 but since the district is starting the search with little time board members could potentially hire an interim superintendent so the decision isn’t rushed.

Aside from the regularly scheduled board meetings, Oeltjen said there is the possibility for additional special meetings to be called to specifically discuss the search for a new superintendent.