Harold Remme, superintendent of New Ulm Public Schools since 1997, will retire in July.

The 68-year-old Remme told the School Board this week of his intention to resign. He said making the announcement now allows the board ample time to search for his successor.

Remme said he was eligible to retire about six years ago but has stayed on at the board’s request as the school district navigated its way through a set of challenges.

“We needed to get our financial house in order,” Remme said, and that was achieved in large part last fall when voters approved a school funding referendum.

Also, Remme said contract agreements through 2015 have been reached with five of the district’s six employee bargaining groups.

He said meeting those two challenges figures to make his position more attractive to potential superintendent candidates.

Remme said he has no specific plans for retirement. “But I would not close the door on any employment offer after July 1, 2013.”

He said if he chooses to be employed in a part-time capacity it most likely will be in education.

“I don’t plan to just retire and do nothing.”

Prior to coming to New Ulm, Remme was superintendent for 16 years in Tracy, and before that held the same position in Trimont, which is now part of the Martin County West school district.  

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