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CITY OF OCONOMOWOC - Roger Rindo, superintendent of the Oconomowoc Area School District, withdrew his name Thursday night, April 20, as a finalist for the top job of a Minnesota school district south of the Twin Cities.

Rindo released a letter Friday morning to district staff that says:

"I am writing because I want to let you know that last night I contacted the Lakeville School District and withdrew my name from the search for superintendent in that district.

"I want you to know that I am eager to remain here in Oconomowoc and continue the work that we have started together with all of you.  In the end, I have grown very fond of our community, the people here working hard for kids every day, and this is where I truly want to be.

"Please know that I remain committed to Oconomowoc, and to the work that we are doing together here for all kids. We have made great progress, but the work is not finished.

"It is my intention to remain in Oconomowoc to see that work through with you.  And I am humbled to do that work alongside  such a committed group of faculty, staff, and administrators.

"Together, we will continue to build an unrivaled learning community.

"I apologize if any of this was a distraction to you or your work this week, as it would never be my desire to take the focus off of your most important work."

Rindo was one of four finalists for superintendent of the Lakeville School District, which has 10,800 students and covers 86 square miles. The annual salary would have been about $195,000, a school official said.

Rindo joined the Oconomowoc district in mid-2013 and now earns $172,550 annually here, according to school records.

His most noted recent accomplishment was helping the district win a $54.9 million building referendum in the fall election of last year.

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