February 18, 2020

Dear Independent School District 317 Stakeholders:


The ISD 317 School Board 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 that we will be following as we conduct the search for a new superintendent.  Additionally, we hope that you will give your input to assist us in making the best selection possible.


To begin the process, the School Exec Connect consultants, Mr. Robert (Bob) Ostlund and Ms. Patricia (Patty) Phillips will meet with Board members, school staff, parents, students and community members individually and in focus groups in the next two or three weeks to determine the challenges, strengths, and goals of our district and to learn 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 website through a link to a questionnaire in Survey Monkey.  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 February 18 through April 18, 2020.   On Friday, April 24, the Board and consultants will meet to review and select candidates to be initially interviewed.  The Board will interview five to six recommended candidates on Saturday, April 25 and at the conclusion of those interviews will narrow the field to two or three finalists.  The finalist round of interviews will occur on April 27, 28, and 29 (if necessary).  Each candidate will be invited for an all-day interview process including open forums that will be available to staff, students and community members as well as a final formal Board interview.  The Board will ask staff, students and community to provide input into the selection.  You will be able to do this by participating in a question and answer session with each finalist and by completing a feedback form to be shared with the Board. 


You may give your confidential feedback to us by accessing the Independent School District 317 website at www.isd317.org and completing the Survey Monkey form.   All replies will be confidential.  Please complete your surveys and submit your feedback from Tuesday, February 18 to Wednesday, March 4.


Please feel free to contact Bob Ostlund (612-308-8997) or Patty Phillips (651-357-0996) if you have any questions regarding the search.  We look forward to your assistance in this search process and believe that your input will help us make the best possible choice for our next superintendent.




School Board, Independent School District 317

Travis Anttila, Chair               Sarah Bellefy, Vice-Chair      Pam Thompson, Clerk

Lloyd Kongsjord, Treasurer   Amanda Reed, Director          Kyle Fairbanks, Director

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