Former Barnesville super, now in St. Cloud, resigns school post
ST. CLOUD, Minn.- A former superintendent of Barnesville (Minn.) Schools resigned his position as St. Cloud superintendent this week, saying he wants to work someplace "not quite so political."...
ST. CLOUD, Minn.- A former superintendent of Barnesville (Minn.) Schools resigned his position as St. Cloud superintendent this week, saying he wants to work someplace "not quite so political."
The St. Cloud Times reports 49-year-old Steve Jordahl announced Tuesday that he will leave his job as head of the district on June 30, a year before a three-year contract expires.
Jordahl generated statewide buzz two years ago with an uncommon career ladder ascent - from the 800-pupil, two-school Barnesville district to the 9,500-student, 15-school St. Cloud. He told The Forum in 2008 he had landed his dream job.
In Barnesville, Jordahl helped pass a 2005 $800-per-pupil levy referendum. He also oversaw the passing of an operating levy in St. Cloud.
But Jordahl tells the Times the challenges of the district wore on him, including installing an alternative teacher pay system called Q-Comp, negotiating teacher contracts and dealing with a federal investigation of the treatment of Muslims at a district high school.
The St. Cloud school board could decide later this month what it wants to do about a replacement.