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Leandro Mortenegro

ABOVE: Jessica Korte.

FAIRMONT- Jessica Korte, former Martin County Auditor/Treasurer, will become the next business manager for Fairmont Area Schools following the resignation of current Business Manager Chris Muhvich.

Korte originally grew up in Trimont and attended high school at Martin County West. After graduating high school she received a four year degree in finance from the Minnesota School of Business and worked at Militello Motors before gaining experience at Roessler Nuss & Co., an accounting firm which audited some local government organizations. Afterwards Korte became the county Auditor/Treasurer and has held the position since 2019.

“I’m definitely excited to be the business manager. I’m still learning, I’m definitely a read and comprehend type of person so I’ve definitely been reading into what to expect in the new role,” said Korte.

Korte’s last day working with Martin County was on Friday. She cited more flexibility, a greater specialization in finance, and a less intense work environment as reasons for her departure.

“I have three little boys who are busy and my husband works full time at his own business too. … It was hard but ultimately it came down to what the best fit is for my family and myself,” said Korte.

Korte was designated the new director of finance and business management by the Fairmont school board on Oct. 11 and will formally start at the school district on Oct. 24.

As business manager Korte will oversee the district’s finances, help prepare the district’s budget, ensure compliance with state and federal grants and give regular financial reports to the school board.

During the transition Korte said she has been in communication with Muhvich and other staff at Fairmont Area Schools regarding the position. Muhvich has been the district’s business manager since 2019.

Korte said at this point in the transition she is not considering any new initiatives or specific goals.

“I don’t really have any goals at this point, other than … to do the best that I can. We’ll find out in a couple weeks,” said Korte.

Once Korte starts at the school district, she hopes to remain there for the rest of her career.

“I’m from this area, I don’t have any intentions of leaving this area. My husband has his business here so we’re pretty well rooted in this area,” said Korte.

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