Madsen to cap 36-year career with 2017 retirement

Community Editor

forestlakeschools-lindamadsen_2-webIn a letter addressed to school board members and read aloud at the Dec. 1 Forest Lake Area School Board meeting, District Superintendent Linda Madsen announced her retirement effective June 30, 2017.
Madsen began in Forest Lake as a student in 1965 and began a teaching career in the district in 1981, Her retirement will put a cap on a 36-year career with the Forest Lake Area School District.
“Having been a part of an institution for so long can make it difficult to know when to move on and let others lead the way,” Madsen said as she read from her prepared letter. “It is a delicate balance of what is best for the organization and what is best personally. I have always known I wanted to conclude my career in Forest Lake with enthusiasm, optimism, and energy.”
Madsen said that she is enthusiastic about what is happening in the district and what the future holds.
“I am optimistic that the district leaders will find new and better paths for continued success,” she said. “I now have the energy to conclude a 36-year career and look ahead to new career opportunities.”
Board president Rob Rapheal, citing the very difficult task of filling Madsen’s shoes, announced that the discussion surrounding the next steps in the process to hire a new administrator will begin at the very next board meeting on Dec. 15.
The Times will be writing an extended feature on Madsen’s history with the district to be printed in the near future.