Royalton begins search for interim superintendent

The goal of the Royalton School Board is to have interviews completed and be ready to offer the position for an interim superintendent on June 29.  That decision was made during the Board’s special meeting Monday.

Sandy Gundalach, Minnesota School Board Association’s director of board services, walked the board members through the process of hiring an interim superintendent.

“Be sure and make your decision on the skills the applicant has,” Gundalach said.

Information supplied to the board by Gundalach explained “every school board wants a superintendent with multiple strengths, but finding a superintendent who is 100 percent perfect in all desired skill areas is unlikely.”

It was advised that the board prioritize what is important to them when seeking a candidate to fill the position, whether it was for the interim position or a full time superintendent.

When the directors were asked earlier what was the most important attribute for a new superintendent to have, in one word, Dale Lenz said, “integrity;” Randy Hackett said, “teamwork;” Noel Guerard said, “honesty;” Ellie Holm said, “public relations” and Mark Petron said, “budget.”

When asked what would you expect to be the new superintendent’s priority, in one word, Petron responded, “community;” Holm said ”district;”  Lenz said, “active;” Hackett  said “education” and Guerard said, “accountability.”

Director Jim Block was not in attendance.

Gundalach said, “Prepare your list of questions for the candidates, but also be prepared to answer questions from them. Make sure you ask all the candidates that you chose to interview the same question.”

A few of the “dos” in hiring, Gundalach said, one) “determine the school district’s needs first, agree to arrive at a consensus, take enough time to conduct a thorough search and make certain all members of the school board share in the process.”

“Don’t,” she said, “hire the best of the worst, overlook those already in the district, let a consultant identify the best superintendent for the school district and give away the school board’s right to select its next superintendent.”

The position of the interim superintendent will be for one year. With the board posting the position for a long term superintendent probably in January 2018.

The posting of the interim superintendent position will be open for 10 days, followed by the board reviewing resumes and picking those they want to interview at an upcoming special board meeting which will include interviews to be scheduled for June 26, offering the position June 28 and hiring June 29, pending negotiations. These meetings are all open to the public.