Superintendent Tim Graf announced today he is resigning his position as superintendent of the Milbank School District. Graf will move to Harrisburg, South Dakota and assume the duties of superintendent there effective July 1. Longtime Harrisburg superintendent Jim Holbeck will retire at the end of the school year. Graf interviewed for the position in Harrisburg on March 6. Harrisburg is located close to Sioux Falls and is the fastest growing school district in South Dakota. It currently has 4,786 students enrolled.
Superintendent Graf submitted this letter to The Valley Express:
It is with many mixed emotions that I share this news. I have accepted the position, pending final board approval, of Superintendent of the Harrisburg School District with an effective starting date of July 1. The opportunity of a new challenge and the desire to continue to grow and learn professionally in an innovative and growing district is a great professional opportunity.
Milbank is a special place mostly because of great people like you. The generosity and support of the school and community activities is incredible. The experience and honor to be the Superintendent of the District I grew up in is something I will always treasure. The trust and cooperation that you as a staff extended to me is something that I will be forever grateful for. What you do for the learners of the Milbank School District and for each other has been my greatest inspiration and motivation in my position. The shared purpose of the board, staff, and community support creates a great culture.
Milbank will always be my hometown and will always hold a special place in my heart. I have learned so much from many of you that I feel you are a part of me and who I have become. Although thank you seems inadequate, I want to express my sincere and deep appreciation to each of you for making the Milbank School District a great place!