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Mark Porter's first day as superintendent for School District 833 was July 1. He replaces Tom Nelson who retired after a long career in the school district.

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As director of District 833 legal services and human resources, Mark Porter made no secret that he was applying for superintendent jobs in other districts.


After being a finalist several times, he finally reached the top in his home district and officially took over the job from retiring Tom Nelson on July 1.

"It feels awfully right," he said in an interview July 1. "In many ways, it's my dream job and the one that makes the most sense."

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Judy Spooner
Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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