TRIMONT - It turns out the Martin County West school board didn't need to look far to find a new superintendent.
Allison Schmidt, principal at the junior high and elementary building in Trimont, has been selected for the job, beginning in the fall.
She replaces Randy Grupe, who is retiring.
Schmidt is in her eighth year as principal at Martin County West Junior High. She has previous experience teaching in Odessa, Texas; and Worthington.
"I'm a person that is continually learning," Schmidt said. "I'm always taking more classes, expanding on my licenses. I went into the superintendent's program at MSU-Mankato. There were classes and an internship, and I took those knowing my current position was tentative with the budget cuts."
She worked with Grupe for her internship, and had several conversations in regard to becoming a superintendent.
"Not necessarily for his position, but being a superintendent," Schmidt clarified. "Then last spring, when he announced his retirement and that the district would be going down to three administrators, I knew they were ending this position."
Schmidt will continue to serve as principal of the Trimont building along with her new duties as superintendent.
"I like Martin County West a lot," she said. "I've invested a lot of time, energy and my heart here. (Applying for superintendent) seemed like the most logical move."
The district began its search for a new superintendent in December by hiring a search firm from Worthington. There were 13 applicants considered, with four offered interviews and two accepting.
Schmidt will work out of Trimont and the superintendent's office in Welcome.
"The logistics still need to be worked out as to the best way to meet the needs," she said. "A lot of it will depend on what's going on in any given week. ... But I'm very excited to be able to stay in Trimont and continue to work with the students and staff, yet I am also excited about the new duties as superintendent. Martin County West feels like home and I'm glad that I am able to stay."