A new superintendent will be at the helm of the Pelican Rapids School District–for the short term, and the longer term. 

The formal resignation of Randi Anderson, which was received by the Pelican Rapids school board July 22, puts a broad set of maneuvers into place. 

Anderson accepted a position with the Shawano, Wisconsin, schools last week. With weeks remaining before the school year start, Pelican is expected to name an interim superintendent in quick order.  At the same time, the board will need to consider a long range plan. 

School board Chairman Jon Karger expects to meet with the administrative team, including the high school principals, Monday morning, July 29. The school board will schedule a special meeting that same evening, July 29, 6 p.m.–with the liklihood of naming a interim superintendent. 

Anderson’s two year tenure with the Pelican schools was marked by a number of challenges.  Topping the list, nearly $1 million in budget cuts earlier this year, in order to stem spending that was rapidly exhausting the school’s limited reserves. 

More cuts are likely next year, to further buffer against overspending for the 2020-21 school year. 

“It has been a true honor working within the community for the students of Pelican  Rapids,” wrote Anderson in her resignation letter.  “I have accepted a superintendent position in Shawano…This places our family closer to my parents, and my daughter back in Packer country.”

The silver lining in the resignation is that, depending on how the board restructures, it could reduce administrative overhead costs for the near term.  

Though it hasn’t been stated officially or on the record, there is speculation that there may be an internal promotion, and the prospect of a combined superintendent-principal position.  A combined position could have the net effect of reducing costs by the approximate equivalent of one administrative position. 

In fact, Superintendent Anderson, in her resignation letter, she suggested that “it is my sincere hope that the school board will leverage my resignation as an opportunity to make an administrative budget reducation which will help offset the necessary reductions that will be made in 2021 to balance the budget,” wrote Anderson.   

“I want to take this opportunity to thank individuals throughout the community and school district for their guidance support and encouragement over the past two years,” added Anderson in her letter of resignation.