PAYNESVILLE -- Another central Minnesota school district is searching for a new superintendent.

After seven years in the Paynesville School District, Superintendent Robert Huot will retire at the end of the school year.

School Board Chair Mark Dingmann says they are grateful for the leadership Huot has shown during his tenure.

"He has been successful in many aspects of bringing the community together for the students in the district. Without him I don't know if we would be as far as we are today."

Dingmann says the board is working with Greg Vandal of Peer Solutions to help promote the position in the next few weeks. If all goes well they hope to begin interviews by February.

"We will probably secure applicants by the end of January and begin the interview process between the first week in February to the third week of February. It all depends how everything lays out for us."

Dingmann says they hope to have a new superintendent hired by June 1st.

Paynesville joins Sauk Rapids-Rice as the other local school district in search for a new superintendent after Dan Bittman accepted the Elk River superintendent position.