Laurie Putnam, assistant principal at South Junior High School since 2009, has accepted the principal position at Kennedy Community School in St. Joseph. The current principal, Dr. Judy Nagel, recently announced she will resign effective June 30 of this year.
In a statement to South families, Putnam assured them she will remain committed to South students through June and feels bittersweet about the new opportunity.
“I am immensely grateful for the experiences I’ve had…the South community will always hold a special place in my heart,” Putnam said.
Putnam will hold the position for the 2015-16 school year, according to her statement.
Nagel’s resignation was announced last week through an emailed statement to the media. The statement noted Nagel told St. Cloud District Superintendent Willie Jett about her decision in February.
Putnam attended Dartmouth College where she received a bachelor of arts degree in history. She obtained her master’s in education at the University of Maine in Orono with an emphasis in counselor education. Putnam then attended Hamline University in St. Paul where she received her administrative licensure.