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Search for new superintendent underway

Following the resignation of Bottineau Public School (BPS) superintendent, Jason Kersten, in November 2016, the BPS Board appointed a Superintendent Search Taskforce (Taskforce) to begin the process of hiring a replacement. The Taskforce was given the responsibility of 1) researching search options, 2) establishing a timeline for the search process, and 3) recommending the composition of the search committee.

During the December 2016 Board meeting, the Taskforce recommended the Board enter into an agreement with the ND School Boards Association (ND SBA) to assist with the search process.  This recommendation was approved by the Board and the Board will be working with Dr. Jon Martinson, Executive Director of the ND SBA, during the remainder of the search process.

In addition, the Board approved a fairly aggressive timeline to complete the search process.  The application deadline for candidates will be January 27th.  An initial rounds of phone interviews will be conducted during the week of February 6th -10th.  Invitations will be extended to finalist for a round of face-to-face interviews during the week of February 20th – 24th.   The Board hopes to have the new superintendent hired by early March with a start date of July 1, 2017.

Finally, the Board approved the Taskforce’s recommendation on the composition of the search Committee which will consist of three Board members, one non-certified BPS staff member, one PreK-6 teacher, one Grade 7-12 teacher and one community member.  Board president Paul Olson appointed the three Board members (Larry Brooks, Laura Halvorson and Mike Haberman) and the non-certified BPS staff member (Deb Nelson, Business Manager) to the search committee.  The remaining three members will be appointed during the next Board meeting, which is scheduled for January 9th.

Community members who reside within the BPS district and are interested in serving on the search committee should contact Paul Olson by January 6th.  The search process will involve a fair amount of time and Interested individuals will need to be available all evenings during the two weeks that phone interviews and face-to-face interviews are planned, in addition to a few other evenings. The community member who serves on the search committee will receive a $250 stipend for their service.  Paul Olson can be contacted  via email at or phone at  (701) 228-4420.