Superintendent interviews open to public, set for Feb. 11, 12

The Anoka-Hennepin District 11 School Board will interview candidates for superintendent Feb. 11 and 12.

School Exec Connect, the national search firm with which the district is working to fill the position, pre-screened candidates and will present anonymous credentials to the board at its work session Feb. 10.

From those credentials, the board is expected to select five or six candidates to interview. Their names will be made public at that time.

The interviews on Tuesday and Wednesday will be open to the public. They will start at 5 p.m. in the Education Service Center. A final schedule will be available after the work session Feb. 10.

Some time after the interviews, the board will name two or three finalists who will go through a more intense interview process later this month, touring schools, attending question-and-answer sessions with district employees and the wider community, as well as sitting in for final hour-long interviews with the school board, also open to the public.

Question-and-answer sessions are tentatively scheduled for Feb. 18-20, from 5:30-6:15 p.m. each day. The school board interviews will be conducted from 8-9 p.m. on those same dates.

The board expects to make a final decision by the Feb. 24 board meeting. Then a contract can be drawn up and signed in March.

After surveys, public meetings and focus groups in November, School Exec Connect drafted a profile for Anoka-Hennepin’s new superintendent.

A successful candidate will bring experience from a large, diverse district, not unlike Anoka-Hennepin; be a strong leader; have a strong background in school finances; communicate well and often; be transparent; desire to involve himself or herself in the community; and more.

To view the complete profile, visit the Anoka-Hennepin website.

The new superintendent will begin his or her duties in July on Dennis Carlson’s retirement.

Carlson has served Anoka-Hennepin as superintendent for five years.

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Olivia Koester is at [email protected]