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Tim Bronk, superintendent of Laurel Schools, resigned Jan. 7, and a special Laurel School Board meeting will be held Thursday evening to discuss finding his replacement.

Doug LeBrun, board chairman, said Bronk will finish his fifth year as superintendent on June 30. He had an evaluation for contract renewal scheduled for the next regularly planned board meeting on Jan. 11 but submitted his resignation instead.

“In a way it was (a surprise),” LeBrun said. “I know the board was kind of wondering because the year before he didn’t ask for a contract extension, so we knew it was a possibility he would look elsewhere.”

He said Bronk was at the end of a three-year contract. The school board opted not to offer an extension in 2014, and there wasn’t a motion for extension last year.

The resignation was announced at the Jan. 11 school board meeting but left off the agenda for discussion. At Thursday night’s meeting, the board plans to discuss how and where to advertise the job opening in addition to the qualities desired in Bronk’s successor. The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Laurel Schools Administrative Building located at 410 Colorado Ave.

Bronk was out of state Monday and could not be reached for comment.

Bronk was superintendent at Darby Schools from 2008 to 2011. He also worked as superintendent of Highwood Schools in Highwood for four years.

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