LF School Board needs community input

 By Jay Spillum, Guest Columnist 

The Little Falls Community Schools Board of Education has contracted with School Exec Connect, a superintendent search firm, to assist with the search for a new superintendent. Board members want you to be informed of the process we will be following as we conduct the search for a new superintendent. Additionally, we hope you will give your input to assist us in making the best selection possible.

To begin the process, the School Exec Connect consultants, Dr. Kenneth (Ken) Dragseth, Dr. Antoinette (Toni) Johns, Robert (Bob) Ostlund and Dr. Charles (Charlie) Kyte will meet with board members, school staff, parents, students and community members individually and in focus groups April 19 to determine the challenges, strengths, goals of our district and what characteristics or skills you would like to see in a superintendent.

Additionally, our staff and community members will have the opportunity to give confidential written feedback to the consultants via our Web site. Printed feedback forms for community members will also be available at the main office of each school building. Using this information, we will develop a profile of the skills and characteristics desired in the next superintendent.

The position will be advertised and candidates will be recruited from early April through May 18. On Tuesday, May 22, the Board and consultants will meet to review and select candidates to be initially interviewed. The Board will interview five or six recommended candidates Wednesday, May 23, and narrow the field to two or three finalists. The next round of individual interviews will occur May 29, 30, 31. Each candidate will be invited for an all-day interview process including open forums that will be available to staff, students and community to provide input into the selection. You will be able to do this by participating in an open question and answer session with each candidate and completing a feedback form to be shared with the Board. We plan to act on the new superintendent’s contract in June.

You may choose to give your confidential feedback to us by accessing the Little Falls Community Schools Web site at www.lfalls.K12.mn.us and completing the Survey of Monkey form. All replies will be confidential.

Jay Spillum, is the Board Chairperson for the Little Falls School Board.