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Published August 25, 2023

Superintendent Vollmer Announces Retirement 

Written by
Kim Fundingsland
| The Dakotan
Behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle driving simulator is Mark Vollmer, Minot Public Schools superintendent. The simulator is located inside a building nearing completion at Sentinel High School. (Photo: Kim Fundingsland/The Dakotan)
Behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle driving simulator is Mark Vollmer, Minot Public Schools superintendent. The simulator is located inside a building nearing completion at Sentinel High School. (Photo: Kim Fundingsland/The Dakotan)

Education Leader to Leave in 2024 

MINOT – The superintendent of Minot Public Schools, Dr. Mark Voller, has submitted his resignation effective June 30, 2024. Vollmer is in his 13th year as superintendent and has 22 years in the MPS district. 

“I’ve loved every minute of it. Its been a great experience,” said Vollmer. “I hope I am remembered fondly in our district.” 

The former Willow City teacher and high school principal entered MPS in 1998 as an assistant principal. Three years later Vollmer was named head principal at Magic City Campus, a position he held for six years until being named superintendent. His reign as superintendent included some very real challenges that began in his first days on the job. 

“I had lots of ideas of what I wanted to do but they were all delayed by the horrific flood of 2011,” recalled Vollmer. “Its been 13 very stressful years, from flood to recovery to boom and bust and two successful bond issues, one unsuccessful, and a whole lot of other work we’re in the process of doing.” 

Vollmer will be leaving his position before the opening of the new Sentinel High School, which he was instrumental in promoting to fill a need for the growing number of students in the city.  

Vollmer’s future plans include helping more at the family farm at Omemee, a small town near Willow City that has long vanished into the state’s history. 

“I need to get back up to the farm and ranch and help my boys out a little more,” remarked Vollmer. 

Although an avid Magician booster, Vollmer has never lost touch with his small-town roots and the school where his adventure in education began – Willow City. 

“Once a Redwing, always a Redwing,” said Vollmer “Our alumni association, of which I am the treasurer, our motto is that we are Redwings forever. But I’ve been a Magician for a long, long time and carry with me an incredible pride of being a part of this school system for 22 years. I can’t even begin to let you know how phenomenal this has been. I consider myself blessed to have been part of this.” 

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