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Funk doesn’t get the St. Cloud superintendent job

Published 7:13am Thursday, February 28, 2013

Albert Lea School District Superintendent Mike Funk, one of three finalists for the job of superintendent in the St. Cloud Area School District, was not offered the job.

Mike Funk
Mike Funk

The St. Cloud school board offered the job to Willie Jett, a high school assistant superintendent for St. Paul Public Schools, according to the St. Cloud Times.

Funk had a day-long interview Tuesday, as did each of the three final candidates. The St. Cloud school board selected a candidate late Wednesday evening.

“I’m disappointed not to finish first, which is part of my competitive nature, but I’m pleased I’m going to be able to stay in Albert Lea and finish the initiatives we have in place,” Funk said.

The St. Cloud Area School District is the largest in central Minnesota, with almost 9,500 students. It is almost triple the size of the Albert Lea School District, which has an enrollment of about 3,200 students.

Funk was previously one of seven interviewed for superintendent of Rochester Public Schools in May 2011.

  1. Matt Trygstad

    I don’t know Mr. Funk personally, so he could be a good guy. And since I am not in Albert Lea anymore, maybe I am out of line in questioning, but my question is this.

    In Mr. Funk, you have a gentleman who is actively looking to leave an important position in the area shool district on continual basis, why don’t you consider ‘helping’ him out in leaving the community and find a superintendent that actually wants to stay? I would think that would be a move in the best interest of the entire school district (teachers, students) to have someone that wants to be there for the long haul.