CROSBY -- The Crosby-Ironton School Board accepted Superintendent Bill Makinen's resignation this morning.
Makinen accepted a superintendent position with the Greenway School District in Coleraine. His final day in Crosby will be June 30. He starts July 10 in Coleraine. Makinen is a Greenway High School graduate.
"He was my friend and counselor," Scott Kile, C-I School Board chair, said about Makinen. "We worked very closely together and it will be hard to see him leave."
"I'm sorry to see him leave," said Mike Kneeland, school board member. "It's just too bad it had to happen so late in the school year."
Kneeland said Makinen's resignation letter simply stated he was leaving. Makinen refused to release the letter to The Dispatch.
This morning's meeting was called to accept the resignation because the school board could not wait until its regular meeting to begin the process of finding a person to succeed Makinen.
Kneeland said it is a hard time to find a new superintendent because most have already signed a contract with other districts.
The board plans to look at its options in the hiring process. Board members plan to research different search firms that specialize in hiring candidates, and to look into having an interim person fill in while looking for a permanent candidate or to advertise for the position.
Another meeting will be held at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in the superintendent's office to decide which route to take.
Makinen still has one year left on his contract with the Crosby-Ironton School District. Kile said the board let him out of his contract and will not pay him the money for the year he will not be with Crosby-Ironton.
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