CANNON FALLS - Jeff Sampson will be the next superintendent of the Cannon Falls School District after the board approved him at its April 22 meeting, 5-1.

Sampson, the current superintendent of the Southland School District, will begin his duties in Cannon Falls on July 1.

The local School Board had to change course after its original choice to replace Beth Giese, Albert Lea High School Principal Mark Grossklaus, withdrew his name after contract negotiations fell through last month. Sampson was offered the position at a special board meeting on April 1, also on a 5-1 vote. Treasurer Anna Olson cast the no vote during both meetings, expressing concerns over Sampson's qualifications during the April 1 meeting. Olson didn't discuss the matter during the April 22 meeting.

Board member Bill Thompson and Clerk Katie Lochner said they had one meeting with Sampson, coming to the agreed upon contract. Sampson's contract will be for three years; he will earn $134,000, $136,680, and $139,414 during that time.

While attending the meeting, Sampson said he was "humbled" by the opportunity and he looks forward to getting started in the district.