A Jan. 20 deadline has been set by the Detroit Lakes School Board for candidates to submit their applications for filling the district's superintendent vacancy.

At a special board meeting on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 3, the board approved a superintendent candidate brochure that was presented to them by Lee Warne, the consultant from the Minnesota School Boards Association hired last month help with conducting the search.

Current Superintendent Doug Froke announced in late October that he would be leaving his position with the district at the end of the school year.

The brochure established the search timeline as follows: Applicant screening, Jan. 27; first round of interviews, Feb. 1; second round interviews, Feb. 5; approve contract, Feb. 10; new superintendent begins work, July 1.

Under the "Leadership Profile" section of the brochure, a series of six criteria were set forth for prospective candidates that Warne said had been established as a result of input from staff, administration and community members.

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"A total of 138 people attended the community listening sessions (held last month), and another 221 people completed the online survey" with regard to the superintendent search, Warne added.

The six criteria for prospective candidates, as listed on the board-approved brochure, are as follows:

  • Acts with honesty and in an ethical manner in dealings with the school board, staff, and community;
  • Has a record of visibility in the school district and is accessible to the school board, staff, students, parents, and community;
  • Has developed and directed an effective leadership team;
  • Has delegated authority while maintaining accountability;
  • Has experience in implementing educational priorities and familiarity with state and federal education laws;
  • Is a visionary, creative thinker who effectively mediates and accommodates different perspectives, and;
  • Has knowledge of and experience with diverse populations, understands the effect of poverty on student learning and achievement, and is familiar with special education issues.