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January 22, 2014

St. Peter superintendent announces retirement

Jeff Olson has been with district for 39 years


Olson received his master's degree from Minnesota State University and holds a Ph.D from the University of Minnesota.

He listed numerous highlights from his career, including:

• St. Peter becoming the first district in the state to become an AdVancEd District Accredited School System.

• Overseeing a significant addition/remodel project at North Intermediate.

• Starting the process for determining the future building needs of the district well into the future to meet increased enrollment projections.

Olson said he and his wife, Judy, raised all three of their children in St. Peter, and seven of their 10 grandchildren are enrolled in St. Peter schools or will be soon. They plan to stay in St. Peter, and Olson will be considering other educational ventures but isn't sure what they might be yet.

Olson is grateful to his staff, teachers, team of administrators and School Board for their collaboration in “creating a place where learning matters for each and every student we serve.” He's also grateful to his role model and mentor, Gil Carlson, the previous superintendent.

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