MARSHALL (KMHL) – The Marshall Public School District will be searching for a new superintendent. The Marshall School Board accepted superintendent Scott Monson’s resignation at the board meeting Monday afternoon.

Monson is leaving the school district to pursue a career in the private sector. His resignation will take effect on June 30, 2020. He says the new opportunity will allow him more time to spend with his family.

Monson notes that the demands of being a superintendent can occupy a lot of time – time away from his wife (Allison) and their two-year-old daughter (Logan).

“The cumulative effect is that time is just really limited, and my desire to be an outstanding husband and an even better father, just has to take priority,” said Monson.

But that doesn’t mean the decision was an easy one. He has spent 31 years in education.

“It’s been a difficult decision on a lot of different levels,” said Monson. “But the school district and our students, staff, families and everybody, they’re going to be ok.”

Monson took over as superintendent in the Marshall School District July 1, 2014. Prior to that he was the superintendent in Morris.

“He’s accomplished a lot of good things, and had a lot of big accomplishments,” said Marshall School Board chair Jeff Chapman. “It was just time for him to move on, and we wish him all the best.”

Chapman notes that Monson oversaw the successful bond referendum which will construct a new elementary school near the site of the middle school. He also points to how Monson oversaw the completion of the 1-to-1 initiative allowing every student in the district to have access to a computer device – something Chapman notes is vital now, with distance learning.

Chapman also credits Monson for hiring good teachers and administrators and keeping test scores high.

Monson says the new opportunity will allow him and his family to continue to call Marshall home, something he says was very important to them.

After accepting Monson’s resignation Monday, the school board voted to hire an interim superintendent from inside the district.