After graduation, Pequot Lakes High School will not only say farewell to its seniors, but also to its longtime principal.
John McDonald, high school principal for 13 years, will become superintendent of the Kingsland School District in Spring Valley.
McDonald began his career as a math teacher and coach at Warren High School after graduating from Moorhead State University.
He later worked in special education and eventually became principal, activities director and athletic director at Warren High School before making his way to Pequot Lakes High School.
Throughout his career, McDonald has continued in his pursuit of his own education, earning a master's degree from St. Thomas and his administrative degree at Tri-College in Fargo. He recently completed his licensure to become a superintendent from St. Cloud State University.
Being a superintendent is something McDonald has wanted to do for many years, and he said taking this position is bittersweet.
'It's exciting and sad all tied into one. It's exciting to move forward in education as a superintendent and sad to leave Pequot Lakes High School. I have many memories here, and I will miss the students, staff and friends I have made here," McDonald said.
During McDonald's years with the Pequot Lakes School District, many have noticed his dedication.
"He's spent a lot of time in these halls going to all of the events. He has demonstrated a real dedication to education and to the district during his time here," Superintendent Rick Linnell said.
School board members also commented at their meeting Monday on McDonald's time at Pequot Lakes.
"He has a lot of pride in his work, and he means a lot to the kids and to the staff. He will be missed," said school board member Paul Sandelin.
The school board on Monday accepted McDonald's resignation and shared comments about how much the district will miss him, as well as shared wishes for his future.
"It's exciting for John to have this opportunity so that he can spread his wings and fly higher. I support him in what he's doing. As for personnel, we have a big job ahead of us to fill his position," said school board member Mike Clasen.
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