Merrill, Wis. (WJFW) - Shannon Murray may be the principal of Merrill High School right now, but in a few weeks, he will be the Merrill Area Public Schools Superintendent.

"So I officially take over July 1st, that’s when Dr. Samples retirement goes into effect," said Shannon Murray. 

As soon as Shannon got notified that he will be the new superintendent, he went straight to work.

"I have been doing a little here and there as a transition," said Shannon. "I have been lucky to have Dr. Sample in district and helping me with some of those transitions, hiring my replacement is a big pressing issue right now," he added.

Merrill voters recently said no to a school referendum while other communities said yes. Murray says the top priority he has right now is to pass the referendum in the fall.   

"We had to cut $2.5 million, which is substantial that will impact schools and students," he said. "Without those funding, the programs are impacted and reduced and the impact of the students is substantial," he said.

It’s all about the students, if Shannon can maximize their resources, it will have a huge impact in their school work.

"So it’s a matter of having really good, solid, vetted proven resources for students," said Murray. "Really solid and effective teachers that I believe we have," he said.

While there may be tough obstacles ahead, Shannon will be ready it.

"I am looking forward to the challenge, we got some work in front of us, but I am looking forward to that," he emphasized. 

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