Superintendent Dale Brandsoy officially retired last July. However, the BEA School Board immediately rehired Brandsoy to a one-year contract at that time.
The intent was to have Brandsoy serve as an interim superintendent.
“We were not sure if the one year contract would be renewed after the one year or not,” school board chairman Frankie Bly says. “However, Dale contacted us last week and told us it was his intent not to sign another one-year contract.” On Thursday, Dec. 8, Brandsoy sent out a letter to the entire staff telling of his intent to retire.
“The main reason I am announcing now is I wanted the school board to have adequate notice of my intent not to sign a new contract,” Brandsoy says. “This current contract ends on July 1, so they will have time to conduct a search before then.”
At last Monday’s meeting Brandsoy informed the board that he has contacted retired Mankato superintendent Ed Walton.
Walton works for the Southern Minnesota Educational Cooperative which assists school districts conduct superintendent searches, among other things, Brandsoy explains.
“I have invited him to come here and explain the process for doing a superintendent search,” Brandsoy added.
The board set a special meeting for Monday, Dec. 19, at 6:30 p.m. as a time to meet with Walton.
Chairman Bly said he wanted a special meeting as opposed to a work session in case the board had to take any official actions or votes.
Monday night the board also voted unanimously to begin posting the superintendent position as open and available.
Brandsoy says his reasons for not staying on as supertintendent at least another year is that the time seems right.
“Right now the district is in a good position,” he says. “The board should be able to go out and select a well-qualified candidate to come here.”
He says that last July he didn’t feel the timing was right, either for him or the district. So while he submitted his retirement request, he also was willing to stay on at least one more year.
“I wanted to finish up on some projects we had started – like Q comp and the facilities project in the middle and elementary school,” Brandsoy explains. “Now that those projects are in place and done it is a good time for a new person to come in here.”
He says he wasn’t really ready to retire last July.
“But, now I am ready,” Brandsoy says. “However, I have always enjoyed going to work everyday, and it will be hard to give that up.”