Lahn signs Alexandria contract


Superintendent Rick Lahn’s departure from the Princeton School District is official.


Lahn will be leaving his Princeton post for a similar job in Alexandria on January 1, 2013.


The Alexandria School Board on Monday, Oct. 15 voted unanimously to hire Lahn as its next superintendent. Lahn will replace Dr. Terry Quist, who is retiring on December 31. Lahn signed a three-year contract while in Alexandria on Tuesday afternoon.


“Rick Lahn has a strong record of achievement for championing successful programs that enhance academic growth,” Alexandria School Board Chair Dean Anderson said in a statement. “The Board looks forward to working with him on the important initiatives ahead as defined in our strategic vision and action plan.”


Lahn’s new contract calls for a salary of $143,000. He will receive a 1.75 percent salary increase in years two and three of the contract. The three-year contract Lahn signed with the Princeton School District on June 26, 2012, was for $137,261 with a 1.5 percent increase in year two and no increase in year three.


Lahn’s Princeton contract had a provision that he could be let out of the contract by mutual consent with the school board.


The Alexandria contract also requests an exchange of days with Princeton to allow Lahn to work in Alexandria for up to 10 days prior to January 1 so he can transition with retiring Superintendent Quist. After January 1, Lahn will have days in Princeton to assist with its transition.


Lahn came to Princeton eight years ago, originally as a middle school principal. He was appointed interim superintendent in April 2009, and later in 2009, signed a three-year contract to be the Princeton School District’s superintendent.


Prior to working in Princeton, Lahn worked as both a teacher and administrator in both private and public schools in Minnesota.


He is a Bush Educators Fellow with the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.