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Community profile aids BEA board

By Staff | Jan 29, 2012

Ed Waltman

The Blue Earth Area School Board now has a good feel for what the community thinks of the school and what sort of a superintendent should be hired to lead the district.

Consultants Ed Waltman and Butch Hanson of the South Central Service Cooperative presented a superintendent community profile to the BEA board on Tuesday night.

The profile is the result of a day of interviews with various community groups on Jan. 10.

“That was a productive day,” Waltman tells the board. “We interviewed 60 people representing eight different groups, including board members, students, staff and the community. They are representative of your stakeholders.”

Waltman says the survey will now be used by the consultants to study the applications and trim the number to the six who will be interviewed.

“We currently have 13 applications,” Waltman says. “The application deadline is Feb. 3 and I expect we will reach 20 applications by the end.”

The superintendent community profile will also be used to develop questions for the six finalists, Waltman says.

He adds that the whole profile will be posted on the school’s website so that any members of the community – and all of the applicants – will be able to study all of the results if they wish.

“The profile will also be used for a point system that the board will grade the finalists,” Waltman says. “You will grade them from 1 to 3 on each of the areas.”

Next up on the aggresive timeline for hiring a new BEA supertintendent is a board meeting on Monday, Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in Frost.

At that time the consultants will announce the six candidates who will be interviewed.

“We will also go over the questions at that time and the whole interview process,” Waltman says.

Just five days later, on Friday, Feb. 17, starting at 8 a.m., all six of the candidates will be interviewed both by the board and the community committee.

That evening the board will review the notes of the community committee and their own notes and narrow the six candidates down to the final three.

Just a few days later, the three finalists will be interviewed, one each day, on Feb 21, 22, 23.

The public is invited to an open forum with each candidate at 4 p.m. on each of those three days.

The interviews will be conducted later each of those three days.

“The board will select one of the three immediately after the final one is interviewed on Feb. 23,” Waltman says, “no matter how long that takes.”

Waltman says the whole process is open to both the public and the press.

“We would like as many folks as possible to come to the 4 p.m. sessions on Feb. 21, 22 and 23,” he says. “The candidates will tell about themselves and then take questions from the public.”

Waltman says the board should have a completed superintendent contract to approve at their March 12 regular board meeting.