Shakopee Schools interim superintendent Gary Anger announced to staff Monday morning that he is taking a leave of absence after receiving an aggressive cancer diagnosis.

In an email sent to district staff, Anger said he will begin treatment this week for an undetermined amount of time. He did not specify what kind of cancer he has.

“I am heartbroken to not be able to continue joining you during my treatment in the amazing work we have done in my short time in the Shakopee Schools,” he said in the email. “I love working as an educator and please know that I will be following your continued progress while I am away.”

Anger asked for staff’s thoughts and prayers for his recovery and for his wife, daughters and mother.

Anger started as interim superintendent in August, after former superintendent Rod Thompson resigned amid a police investigation into his use of district credit cards. Anger was previously the superintendent of Zumbrota-Mazeppa Public Schools. His contract extends through June 2019.

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