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Mike Markgren begins tenure as Altoona interim superintendent


Altoona (WQOW) - Two days after Connie Biedron was removed from her position as superintendent for the Altoona School District, the district's business manager, Mike Markgren, is already filling her shoes.

On Wednesday, Markgren met with News 18 to discuss the future of Altoona schools. 

Markgren told News 18, he doesn't know how long he will temporarily fill the superintendent position, but between his role and the administration, he said "everything will be okay."

News 18 asked if Markgren knew why Biedron was removed from her position. He said he couldn't answer the question because it was discussed in closed session at Monday night's school board meeting.

Going forward, Markgren wants parents with students in Altoona's schools to know, the district has everything under control.

"I'd reiterate our foundation is there," Markgren stated. "We are going to continue to do things that we've been doing very well at. As I said, our report card reflects how effective we've been and that's not going to change. Our principals are very, very good, our staff is amazing, and nothing is going to change."

Markgren said, he doesn't plan on making his new role permanent and that he is not a licensed superintendent.

He said, as of right now, there has been no discussion on when or how the new superintendent will be chosen.

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