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District sets timeline for superintendent search

Anyone interested in becoming the next superintendent of ISD 196 has a little more than a month to put together a convincing resumé.

The District 196 School Board said Monday it will accept applications from March 1 to April 6 from anyone interested in replacing retiring superintendent John Currie. The district will also send out about 1,500 brochures with information about the position to people who have their superintendent licenses.

Board members said Monday they're looking for a candidate who has strong leadership and problem-solving skills, an ability to build consensus and a level of comfort with the district's decentralized power structure, among other qualities.

"They want to make sure people understand the operation of the district in terms of it being very site-based," communication specialist Tony Taschner said. "They want someone who's comfortable coming in and working in that environment."

The district is advertising the job with a salary range of $184,000 to $194,000. Currie currently makes $193,200.

District residents will have opportunities March 16 and 17 to share their own opinions on the qualities a good superintendent should have. The district will hold meetings at 7 p.m. both nights. The March 16 meeting will be at Falcon Ridge Middle School, the March 17 meeting at Black Hawk Middle School.

The board's personnel and negotiation committee will meet April 8 to go through applications and superintendent search consultant Ken LaCroix will bring the board a list of five or six finalists on April 13. The first round of interviews will take place April 20-22. A second round for two or three final contenders is scheduled for May 4-6.

The district hopes to have a new superintendent in place by July 1.