Search for new superintendent begins

by Dennis Dalman

The search is on for a new school superintendent.

Dr. Joe Hill, the current superintendent for the Sartell-St. Stephen School District, tendered his resignation earlier this month.

The school board met May 13 to ponder how best to choose a replacement for Hill. After a lengthy discussion, three board members were selected to research the best methods to search for a new superintendent, including the possibility of hiring a search firm to find candidates. The members chosen for the search process are Krista Durrwachter, Michelle Meyer and Pam Raden.

Hill’s last day on the job is June 30.

In the meantime, the school board will likely choose an interim superintendent because members agreed finding and hiring a replacement for Hill could take several months, at least. The district’s learning-services director, Mike Spanier, has said he would consider filling in doing superintendent duties until one is chosen.

At the board’s May 13 meeting, Sauk Rapids Superintendent Greg Vandal, at the board’s request, gave some tips and advice about the process of finding a new superintendent. He advised the board to hire a search firm if it intends to extend its search nationwide. Hiring a superintendent by the start of the new school year is probably not feasible, Vandal noted. Vandal has helped with superintendent searches in the past.

Dennis Dalman

Dennis Dalman

Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.
Dennis Dalman
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