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Frazee to discuss superintendent replacement Friday

The Frazee-Vergas School District has yet to decide on how to fill the superintendent position.

While Deron Stender still has more than 10 days to withdraw his signature on the buyout offer, the board discussed Tuesday morning how to fill the vacancy.

"This is the busiest time of the year for the business office," Business Manager Diane Menz said.

Stender was finished with work at the district when he signed the buyout on Thursday, and on Tuesday he sat in the audience.

There are reports and expenditures that come through the office on a daily basis that require a superintendent's signature.

The board discussed several options including having Principal Rob Nudell fill in for signature purposes because he does have his superintendent licensure.

Board member Matt Bauer said, if willing, Nudell could fill in until an interim superintendent could start.

Nudell said he'd like to wait to make a decision on that until a Friday special meeting rather than deciding on the spot.

The district decided it would likely be best to post the superintendent position itself rather than pay the Minnesota School Board Association do it for a fee.

Board member Keith Janu suggested the district post the job opening "to see what's out there."

In the meantime, the MSBA can supply a list of interim superintendents the district could hire -- some who already have ties to the Frazee district.

Board member Dana Laine questioned compensation for Nudell or another emergency superintendent. The board decided to hold a special meeting Friday at noon to discuss the topic and make a decision on how to proceed.