Miller steps down at school

Staff Writer
Jennifer Edwards
Big Lake School District’s Supt. Jonathan Miller announced his resignation last week. The information was announced by School Board Chair Tim Hayes.
“We would like to inform you that Supt. Miller has requested that his employment contract, which ends at the end of this month, not be renewed,” wrote Hayes in an e-mail to parents. 
“After a year of balancing the demanding superintendent role with personal health concerns, Supt. Miller has decided it is necessary to focus on his health for a while,” Hayes said.
“I have enjoyed the honor of serving our school district in various administrative capacities for more than twenty-one consecutive years,” Miller wrote in his letter of resignation.   “For the past 12 years I have sincerely appreciated the support of the school board, administration, staff and the community of Big Lake in my role as your superintendent, while working together to further the mission of our district,”  Miller said.
Miller has been an integral part of Big Lake Schools for more than 20 years. He began his administrative career for Big Lake Schools in 1993 as 7-12 grade dean of students, and has continued serving the district in several positions assistant athletic director, high school assistant principal, district human rights officer, District 504 coordinator, associate principal, and assistant superintendent. Miller was hired to serve as superintendent in 2002. His wife, Laura, also works for the school district as a fourth grade teacher in Liberty School.
Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Crystal Thorson  has been offered the post of superintendent on an interim basis for the next school year, effective in July, Hayes said.
Thorson was hired by the school district in August, 2009. She came from Pelican Rapids and has taught at Buffalo and spent time as a principal. She and her husband have three grown daughters
Formal acceptance of Supt. Miller's resignation and approval of the interim assignment will take place at the June 26 regular school board meeting, after which the board will begin a search process for a new superintendent. 
The Big Lake School District will continue to pay health insurance for Miller, who appeared walking with the aid of a cane at graduation.


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