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Wessington Springs superintendent submits resignation

WESSINGTON SPRINGS -- For the first time in 10 years, the Wessington Springs School District will begin a search for a new superintendent. Superintendent Lance Witte recently submitted his letter of resignation to the board, which will take effec...

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A sign in the Wessington Springs School District. (Republic file photo)

WESSINGTON SPRINGS - For the first time in 10 years, the Wessington Springs School District will begin a search for a new superintendent.

Superintendent Lance Witte recently submitted his letter of resignation to the board, which will take effect at the end of June.

Witte said his departure is a personal move, as he was recently married and his wife lives in Chamberlain. Witte said he has remained in Wessington Springs since his separation from his first wife, in part, to see his children through school. This year, his son will graduate, and though his daughter will remain in the district, he feels "it's time to move forward."

"It's been great, personally and professionally and good for my own children here in the district," Witte said Thursday. "I'm very invested and interested to see the school do well in the future."

Also the superintendent of schools in Lower Brule, Witte said he may continue work there, but does not yet have a set plan for his future. The Wessington Springs School Board will likely begin a search for Witte's replacement in December or January.

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"It has been, and continues to be, a great honor to serve the Wessington Springs School District as superintendent of schools for nearly 10 years, which I thank you and all previous school board members for this opportunity," Witte said in his resignation letter. "We have accomplished a great deal in serving our students and community as a result of our collaborative working relationship. ... I will always hold the Wessington Springs School District in highest regard."

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