"We'll miss her. I know that there's been some situations in the past where there was some criticism of her and her methods but they've proven to be fairly effective."
Olson said having a replacement by July 1 will be "difficult."
“Obviously for us it will be to try to find somebody, which will be very difficult to continue on the great work that (Tharaldson Jones) has done," Olson said. "The timing is a difficult one but obviously we're not going to limit anyone.”
Olson added an employment ad is already in the works.
“I'm sure that we will find a very competent person," she said.
When asked who she could see as a successor, Tharaldson Jones didn't name anyone but reiterated her philosophy.
"It's about what's best for kids," she said. "We have great people in the district. I love my team. If the superintendent selects any of those people I'd be thrilled. (Olson) is going to search to find the best candidate, whoever that is."