Brandhorst to retire July 1

Thursday, May 3, 2018

REMSEN — MMCRU School District will be saying goodbye to Superintendent Jan Brandhorst at the conclusion of this school year.

Brandhorst was the superintendent at Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn for 10 years before being shared with Remsen-Union, he said. When the school districts started whole-grade sharing, he served another two years as superintendent for MMCRU Schools.

“I have been in education for 43 years and will be 65 in the fall. I am feeling good and I know how time gets away from us all,” he said. “It is time to pass the baton to someone else.”

He began teaching as a high school industrial tech, health and PE teacher and coach at Cedar Valley of Farnhamville in 1975, he said.

“I knew from an early age that I wanted to be a coach. Then I found out you had to be a teacher in order to coach. As I entered high school, there was never a time that my goal wavered,” he said. “I have been blessed to enjoy every position I have had.”

When he announced to the school board members his retirement back in February, Brandhorst said, “There was a range from surprise to expressions of happiness for me.”

The long-time educator couldn’t pinpoint one memory that stood out most for him.

“When I think back on the memories, there are so many. It would not be possible to name only one. I have been truly blessed,” Brandhorst said.

“I would like to thank all the staff, faculty, students, and community members for giving me a chance to be your superintendent,” he continued.

MMCRU started the replacement process during the March 12 school board meeting. The board had 22 candidates apply for the position with interviews scheduled with three perspective candidates April 30-May 2. They hope to have a decision by Friday, May 4.

“It has been hard in some ways to sit back and know that someone will be taking my job,” he said. “I want to help if needed but know that it is best for those remaining to make the decision on who the replacement will be.”

And to that replacement, Brandhorst said, “Be patient, be kind, listen, and be thankful for having a school like MMCRU.”