Northland Pines School District will say goodbye to superintendentSubmitted: 12/01/2017
Erin Beu
Erin Beu

Northland Pines School District will say goodbye to superintendent
EAGLE RIVER - Northland Pines School District Administrator Dr. Mike Richie plans to retire after 15 years working in Eagle River.

"Whatever avenue our students choose, it's my job to make sure they are well prepared," said Richie.

Richie submitted a letter of retirement to the district on Monday. He'll step down in June 2019.

"I wanted to give them ample time for a transition," said Richie.

Richie's retirement will mark his 15th year as superintendent for Northland Pines School District.
"It's a great place to be," said Richie.

In those 15 years, he helped reconstruct the high school, established the Wisconsin International Student Program and received four Rural School Community Awards.

"I consider Northland Pines to be a very successful school district," said Richie.

Richie is most proud of the relationships he has built with the staff and students.

"What I think they do every day in the classroom is a true tribute to our district," said Richie.

Richie has also accomplished a lot outside of the school walls.

"I got to see [Richie] was not only willing to work with individuals, he wanted more community involvement.

Owner of Eagle River Roasters Daniel Beihoff says Richie hosts veterans gatherings inside the café.
"I said well you come in here and I'll offer the coffee and scones," said Beihoff.

Beihoff's four kids have all gone through school with Richie as superintendent.

"He's not just sitting behind his desk," said Beihoff.
That's the same advice Richie has for the next person to fill his shoes: "Don't sit at your desk all day. Get out and about."

As of Thursday, Richie has not decided what he wants to do after his retirement.

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