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KPS Superintendent Resigns

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KALISPELL- Kalispell Superintendent Darlene Schottle is resigning as chief of schools.

After nearly two decades of working in the field of education, Superintendent Darlene Schottle will say good-bye to Flathead Valley students and staff as she plans a new life in retirement.

"I have mixed feelings, I have really enjoyed being superintendent  here in this community and we've done some wonderful things together so it's hard for me to leave," Superintendent Darlene Schottle said.

In 2003, Darlene took the position as Superintendent for Kalispell Public Schools after leaving her Superintendent position in Reno Nevada. During her years in Kalispell the district has grown in significant ways. In 2005, Darlene and her colleagues tackled a construction project to build a new high school in Kalispell, Glacier High School.

"Darlene's focus on student achievement over the last 10 years has really focused us as a district on assuring that we are always focused on improving instruction that we provide kids and improving those achievement levels," Assistant Superintendent Dan Zorn said.

She also paved the way for Kalispell Middle School and Flathead High School to undergo some much-needed renovations, the building of eight classroom additions at Edgerton and Peterson schools and the construction of a new multi-purpose room at Peterson and Central Kitchen.

"We have opened up opportunities for kids, most of them by moving to the two high schools and the middle school model, I think that's provided a lot of new opportunities both in academics and activities for the kids," Schottle said.

As she embarks on new life opportunities Darlene said what she will miss most about the job is providing a safe and fun atmosphere for students to learn.

"The people without question, it's the people that I work with, its going to the classrooms, and watching the students engage into different kinds of learning," Schottle said.

Darlene will finish out the rest of 2013, 2014 academic school year. Her replacement will begin July 1st of 2014.

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