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NY Mills Superintendent offer goes to Blaine Novak

The search for a new school superintendent in New York Mills is complete. An offer has been made to the school’s current high school principal, Blaine Novak, who was among four final candidates. 

“The selection committee was unanimous in its belief that Blaine stood out as the best candidate for the superintendent position,” said school board member Julie Adams on Monday. “Blaine’s educational knowledge and experience will serve him well in his new role as superintendent.” 

Each of the four finalists were interviewed over the weekend. 

On Monday, a formal offer was extended by the school board to Novak. He will succeed Todd Cameron, who has served as superintendent in NY Mills for the past 10 years.

Novak has been with the NY Mills School District for 24 years. He has served as a science teacher, coach, athletic director, community education director and high school principal, the latter job for the past five years. 

Interviews by the selection committee, with the four final candidates, came about after an initial review process. 

Novak’s references strongly recommended him for the position. He was praised for his dedication to both the NY Mills School District and the community.

“Our board is very excited to have someone of Mr. Novak’s abilities leading us as we move forward as a district,” said NY Mills School Board chairperson, Rachel Grieger.

Tom Hintgen, Otter Tail County Correspondent