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La Crescent school superintendent resigns after recent arrest



The La Crescent-Hokah schools have a new superintendent in place, following the resignation of the previous one, who is facing criminal charges.

The school board met Wednesday night and appointed former middle school principal Gary Kuphal as acting superintendent.

La Crescent School Board chairman Eric Morken released a statement, saying Eric Martinez reached an agreement with the district to voluntarily resign.

Martinez was arrested earlier this month on a domestic assault charge and disorderly conduct. He is due back in court in December.

The La Crescent School Board named Kuphal superintendent after a closed-session discussion Wednesday.

Martinez had been with the La Crescent schools for just four months, after working for a school district in northwestern Minnesota.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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