The decision to retire can be easy or hard, depending on circumstances, yet when the time comes, the decision needs to be made.

 

The decision to retire can be easy or hard, depending on circumstances, yet when the time comes, the decision needs to be made. Montevideo Senior High School principal Bruce Bergeson’s officially retired this past Friday.

Bergeson had served as the school’s principal for 19 years. “In the summer of 1999, Dave Baukol replaced Ed Nystrom as superintendent. Dave had been the principal at the high school, so I moved over here,” he said.

People have many reasons for retiring, and for Bergeson, the time was right as another opportunity presented itself. Although he is officially retired, he does have a part-time job lined up.

Bergeson has accepted a position as the part-time executive director of the Minnesota River Valley Career Technical Education Collaborative. “It’s a loose collaboration of schools which include Montevideo, Yellow Medicine East, MACCRAY, Lakeview, and RCW,” he said.

Tom Hoff, of the Southwest West Central Service Cooperative had been leading the effort to build the program, but it had grown so fast that he no longer had time to run the collaborative and do his job at SWWC Service Cooperative.

In April, Hoff made the decision to seek out a permanent, part-time executive director to oversee the program. “That’s when I started thinking that it might be a good part-time job for a retired principal,” said Bergeson.

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