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Mullen out as Trinity High School's activities director; Ken Keller takes over as AD in interm

Erik "Anson" Mullen's stint as Trinity High School's activities director ended this week before it could begin.

One of the new hires for this school year announced by Dickinson Catholic Schools last week, Mullen called Monday, saying he was having second thoughts about accepting the position, said acting DCS school board chairman and St. Patrick's Parish pastor Father Todd Kreitinger.

"We were very excited about the hire, but we mutually realized that (Mullen) couldn't fulfill the actual perimeters of the contract," Kreitinger said. "For personal reasons, he decided he couldn't take the job. The way the contract was written from start time to other things, we all thought that, at this time, he wouldn't be able to accept the contract."

Kreitinger said the search for a permanent AD will be reopened and that former DCS employee Ken Keller will take over the position for a three-month interim term. Currently in Florida, Mullen will be eligible to apply for the position again, if his situation changes, Kreitinger said.

"The contract hadn't been signed, it had just been agreed to," Kreitinger said. "As excited as we all were, we just got the call from Florida and we found out it just wasn't going to work."

A former teacher and activities director at Trinity, Keller has already started in his interim position, stepping in for his temporary gig on Monday. Kreitinger said regardless of the status of the search for a permanent AD, Keller's post will likely be limited to just three months.

In other moves, Carter Fong will now serve as social studies and religion teacher at Trinity High and Peggy Mayer will work as a kindergarten teacher at Trinity Elementary West.

The DSC leadership will announce a number of additional ancillary staff additions at a later date, according to an email sent out Thursday.

Bryan Horwath
A Wisconsin native, Horwath has been covering news in the Oil Patch of North Dakota since 2012. Horwath currently serves as the senior agriculture and political reporter for The Dickinson Press and, despite the team's tendency to always let him down, remains a diehard Minnesota Vikings fan.
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