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Superintendent: Hire someone for my job

Carlton superintendent John Engstrom surprised school board members Monday when he recommended they not renew his contract in June. Instead he recommended they make South Terrace principal Donita Stepan part-time superintendent and keep her as principal of the elementary school. High school principal Warren Peterson would be asked to increase his hours and days as part of the plan.

“From where we were four years ago … this would represent a total savings of around 40 percent,” Engstrom told board members during its committee of the whole meeting.

Reaction from the board was both positive and c...