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STANFORD - By his count, Olympia Superintendent Don Hahn has presided at more than 300 school board meetings during his 17-year run as the district's lead man.

On Monday, he will attend one more: A public hearing on the recommended site selection for the proposed Olympia North Elementary School in Danvers. At the end of the month, Hahn, 55, will retire after 33 years in education.

"With all of those board meetings, I think I am ready to call it a night," Hahn said during a board meeting earlier this week.

Assistant Superintendent Brad Hutchison will begin as superintendent on July 1. He will be assisted by business and operations manager Andrew Wise.

"I told Brad and Andrew that I will be available to answer any questions they may have," Hahn added.

Board President Laura Cremeens thanked Hahn and presented a plaque honoring him for his dedication to the school system.

Hahn began as a social studies teacher in Clifton and then was principal and superintendent in Kankakee. He also held administrative positions in Williamsville, Crescent City and Colfax (Ridgeview).

In retirement, he plans to spend time with his wife, Mary Cay, who is retiring from the Ridgeview School District.

Cremeens said losing Hahn will be difficult, but said the district continues to look for ways to cut expenses.

"We have made more than $1.1 million in reductions of administrative and support staff in the last few years," Cremeens said. "We will continue to look for ways to cut expenses and increase revenues. Just because we passed a referendum does not mean that happy days are here again."

Parade marshal - Darwin Morgan has been named Mack-Ca-Fest Farm Days parade marshal in Mackinaw.

Morgan was born and raised in Mackinaw, attended Deer Creek-Mackinaw schools and is a member of the Class of 1956. He is a self-employed farmer and carpenter.

He has been on the Mack-Ca-Fest committee for the last 20 years and president for the last 10. He is a member of the Mackinaw Lions Club and a trustee for several years. He and his wife, Doris, were married in 1983. They have 19 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

The Mack-Ca-Fest Farm Days parade will step off at 3 p.m. June 23.


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