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Somerset High School Principal Shawn Madden resigns

Somerset High School Principal Shawn Madden has resigned, effective immediately.

Madden's letter of resignation was accepted by the Somerset Board of Education at a special meeting late Wednesday evening.

Madden was hired as Somerset's High School Principal in 2007.

Madden said Thursday that his resignation was the result of two needs. He and his wife, Kari, who teaches in the district, have an eighth grade son who began on-line schooling from home this year. They found that he needed more supervision and that one of them should be home to monitor his progress.

Madden is also two credits short of completing his licensure to become a superintendent. He plans to work on finishing those classes this year.

"My career goal is to ultimately be a superintendent," Madden said.

Madden's surprising departure has caused the school district to take quick action. District Administrator Randy Rosburg will spend half of his time at the high school until an interim principal can be hired. Rosburg said he hoped to have the interim position filled within a week.

The plan to replace Madden on a full-time basis will begin with posting his position in January. The hiring process will be completed in the spring so the new principal can begin on July 1.

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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