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Woodbury's Nelson poised for return to Stillwater School District

Woodbury resident Tom Nelson just might be headed back to the Stillwater Area School District.

The former South Washington County School District superintendent who previously served as the Stillwater district's interim superintendent from 2010 to 2011 is poised for a return to the role.

Stillwater's current superintendent, Corey Lunn, will be leaving the district after June; he accepted a new job as superintendent of a Des Moines, Iowa-area, school district.

Nelson said several Stillwater School Board members approached him about serving as the district's interim superintendent for the 2014-15 school year. Nelson publicly addressed the issue at the April 23 board meeting.

"I believe they may be offering an interim position to me at their May 8 board meeting," Nelson said in an email. "If they do, I will accept the position."

School Board discussed a number of different topics with Nelson during its April 24 learning session including: his priorities for the school district, his leadership style and his ideas on how to lead the district through a time of transition and change. 

School Board chairman Tom Lehmann said District 834 opted to look for an interim superintendent, as opposed to a full superintendent search, based on the timing of  Lunn's departure. 

Nelson's name was brought up as possible candidate, Lehmann said, because he previously served as District 834's interim superintendent and he knew the district.

School Board also met with three other candidates, however two were not interested in the position and the other was looking for something more permanent, Lehmann said.

Nelson served for more than three years as District 833's superintendent until he retired in 2009.

He said his time as Stillwater's interim superintendent was positive and that he enjoyed the experience.

"Stillwater is an outstanding school district with a very strong reputation for quality," Nelson said. "I am looking forward to this opportunity once again."

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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