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DL Schools superintendent search draws 15 applicants

As of Monday morning, a total of 15 applications had been received for the position of superintendent at Detroit Lakes Public Schools.

Superintendent Lowell Niklaus, who has tendered his resignation to take effect at the end of the 2005-06 school year, said the applications received thus far had come from "all over the place," but primarily from Minnesota.

"The vast majority are from people working in Minnesota," Niklaus stated, adding that most also had prior experience as a superintendent. Niklaus also noted that, under state data privacy laws, he could not release information on the identity of the applicants until they had officially been selected as finalists for the position.

Though the application deadline closed last Friday, Niklaus said the administrative office would still be accepting submissions from people who had requested application information prior to the deadline.

"The deadline for requesting information (on the position) ended Friday," he said. "But we are still waiting on some paperwork that may be coming in (from a few applicants)."

Niklaus said he hopes the interviewing process could begin as early as next week, enabling the board to stay on track for having a new superintendent on board by April, as initially projected.

"Hopefully within the next week the board will sit down and start screening the applicants," he said. "All the board members have been asked to come in, read through the applications and take notes (before meeting to discuss the applicants)."

Once the finalists have been selected, the interviewing process will begin.

"Hopefully they're going to try to make a final decision prior to the April board meeting (where the appointment would be finalized)," Niklaus said.

Niklaus' resignation as superintendent was approved at a special school board meeting on Feb. 1. At that meeting, the board also discussed and approved a proposal for Niklaus to stay on with the district, as its education director.

Though Niklaus' contract as education director has not yet been approved, the change is scheduled to become official on July 1. He is expected to take a pay cut as a result of the switch in positions, though the exact amount has not yet been determined.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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