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District 196 school superintendent announces retirement

School District 196 School Superintendent John Currie announced his retirement, effective at the end of the current school year.

Currie, who has been with the district since 1995, will be with the district through June 30, 2009.

"It has been an honor and a priveledge to serve this community and this great school district, especially the past six years as superintendent," Currie said in a release. "Although schools face difficult times ahead, I believe this district is well positioned to face almost anything that comes our way. For that reason, I believe this time is right for me to retire."

Currie has been superintendent since April 2003. He was an interim selection following then-superintendent John Haro's resignation, and assigned the permananent position in August 2003.

He has also served in the district as principal of Black Hawk Middle School, the district's director of human resources, and director of secondary education. He began his career in public education as a teacher and coach in Gibbon, Minn. in 1972.

The announcement, made Friday, meets the six-month notice requirmement for retirement in his contracy, which allows for the District 196 school board to begin the search for a replacement.

The retirement will be added to the agenda for the Dec. 8 school board meeting.