Search begins for new LF school superintendent

By Liz Verley, Staff Writer 

If all goes as scheduled, the Little Falls School Board will have offered the superintendent’s position to a candidate of its choice by June 1.

Thursday, the Board met with Charles Kyte who represented the firm of School Exec Connect. Kyte is a consultant with the firm which assists school districts in the process of searching for a superintendent.

He presented three different timetables for the Board to consider. After discussion, the Board chose to fast track the search which will begin immediately.

He said that, he along with others from his firm, would meet with board members, staff, students and the community April 19, to determine the challenges, strengths, goals of the district and what characteristics or skills they would like to see in the new superintendent. The focus meeting for the general public will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19. (More information on the focus meetings will be forthcoming).

Board Member Sharon Ballou said it was good to consider all the groups, but it is important to offer the general public time for their input in the process. She said, “I for one want to hear what the public expects.”

Kyte said, “Remember though, you have the final decision on who you want to fill the position.”

The position will be advertised and candidates will be recruited from now until the closing for applications May 18.

Interviews of the top finalists will be held May 23 and 24, with a final interview of the top three May 29, 30 and 31. The Board is expected to make its choice and enter into negotiations for the position upon the end of the final interview. Board members will meet at a future date to determine the salary range.

The final interviews will all last for one day with the candidate having a chance to tour the area and meet with staff and members of the community before meeting again with the school board.

Board Member Brad Laager asked what would happen if none of the six candidates were who the Board wanted in the position.

Kyte said, “You have a great school. I don’t think we will have a problem. We will have a strong candidate pool for you to choose from.”

Following Kyte’s presentation, the Board voted unanimously to hire his firm to conduct the search for the new superintendent at a cost of $14,475 plus expenses, not to exceed $2,900.