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District 196 board begins process to hire next superintendent by May
District 196 board begins process to hire next superintendent by May

The process of hiring the next superintendent of Independent School District 196 officially started Feb. 28 with the posting of the position on education and recruitment websites in Minnesota and nationwide. The School Board’s timeline calls for first interviews on Saturday, April 13, with second interviews and selection of the successful applicant at a special meeting on April 23. 

The board developed its search process and timeline during a Feb. 22 special meeting led by representatives of the Minnesota School Boards Association’s (MSBA) executive search service, which is assisting the board with the search. The timeline includes the following key dates:

  • Feb. 28 – Open position posted on websites, superintendent search web page available at District196.org, and stakeholder survey opens.

  • March 5 – Superintendent Search Q&A, a 4 p.m. virtual meeting hosted by MSBA; links to submit questions in advance and to join the Zoom meeting are available on the superintendent search web page at District196.org. 

  • March 10 – Stakeholder survey closes.

  • March 21 – Special School Board meeting at 5:30 p.m. to review survey input, receive training on interviewing in public, and develop interview questions and procedures.

  • March 25 – Deadline for applications at 11:59 p.m.

  • April 4 – Special School Board meeting at 5:30 p.m. to determine semifinalists for first interviews, and review interview training, questions and procedures.

  • April 13 – Special School Board meeting beginning at 10 a.m. for first interviews; open to the public, but not live-streamed or recorded.

  • April 23 – Special School Board meeting at 5:30 p.m. for second interviews and selection of the finalist; open to the public, but not live-streamed or recorded.

  • May 6 – Regular School Board meeting at 6 p.m. to include approval of contract with new superintendent.

  • July 1 – New superintendent begins.