Meeting in special session Friday morning, Nov. 1, the Detroit Lakes School Board made some decisions with regard to conducting a search for a new district superintendent.

According to Board Chairwoman Amy Erickson, there were two items on the board's agenda for the meeting: To decide on whether they wanted to hire an outside agency to help them conduct the search and, if so, to choose which one they wanted to use.

"We decided to go with MSBA," Erickson said, referring to the Minnesota School Boards Association, which offers an executive search service among its varied functions.

Two other organizations, Peer Solutions and School Exec Connect, were also considered, but Erickson said that MSBA was deemed to be the best choice for the district, based on past history of working with the board as well as their qualifications.

"They were the least expensive, and we also felt they had the best experience," Erickson said.

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The district's current superintendent, Doug Froke, has announced that he will be leaving his position at the end of the school year. The board accepted his resignation Oct. 21 at its last regular meeting. His last day on the job will be June 30, 2020.