ISD 318 Superintendent Search
UPDATE: January 24, 2020
On Friday, January 24, two finalists were chosen for a second round of interviews on January 27 and 28. These finalists are Jim Wagner, Johnson County School District Superintendent, and Matt Grose, Superintendent of Deer River and Nashwauk-Keewatin School Districts. Each of the candidates has extensive superintendent experience.

The two finalists will each participate in a full day of interviews next week, meeting in focus groups with principals, district administration, high school students, teachers, support staff, and community members, before a final interview each evening with the School Board.
Community members are invited to interview each candidate at 5:00 pm in the Reif Center on Monday, January 27 and Tuesday, January 28. Stakeholders will have the opportunity to spend an hour with each candidate asking questions about their background, experience, and teaching philosophy. Feedback forms from focus group participants will be provided to School Board members each evening and will help the Board make a final decision on Tuesday evening.

UPDATE: January 21, 2020
On Wednesday, January 22 and on Friday, January 24, the ISD 318 School Board will interview six candidates for the position of Superintendent. These six semi-finalists were chosen from 20 applicants from across the midwest.

The six semi-finalists in alphabetical order are:
Matt Grose, Deer River and Nashwauk-Keewatin Superintendent
Rochelle Johnson, Cass Lake-Bena Superintendent
Sean Martinson, ISD 318 Interim Superintendent
Tim Truebenbach, Milaca Superintendent
Jim Wagner, Johnson County Schools Superintendent, Buffalo, Wyoming
Kevin Wellen, Menahga Superintendent

The six semi-finalists will be narrowed to three finalists on Friday evening. The finalists will then be interviewed by focus groups in the district on January 27, 28, and 29, followed by community interviews at 5:00 pm each day in the Reif Center and at Bigfork School via telepresence. All community members are welcome to attend. Details for each interview will be available on our Facebook page.

Fall 2019
The ISD 318 School Board has contracted with School Exec Connect, a superintendent search firm, to assist with the search for a new superintendent. Board members want you to be informed of the process that we will be following as we conduct the search for a new superintendent. Additionally, we hope that you will give your input to assist us in making the best selection possible.

To begin the process, the School Exec Connect consultants, Mr. Robert (Bob) Ostlund and Ms. Patricia (Patty) Phillips met with Board members, school staff, parents, students and community members individually and in focus groups determine the challenges, strengths, goals of our district and characteristics and skills necessary in a superintendent. Using this information, along with community responses to an online survey, School Exec Connect presented a profile of the skills and characteristics desired in the next superintendent to the School Board.

The position will be open for application through January 17th, 2020. On January 21st, the Board and consultants will meet to review and select candidates to be initially interviewed. The Board will interview five to seven recommended candidates on January 22nd and 24th and narrow the field to two or three finalists. The next round of individual interviews will occur on January 27th, 28th and 29th (if necessary). Each candidate will be invited for an all day interview process including open forums that will be available to staff, students and community members and a final formal Board interview. The Board will ask staff, students and community to provide input into the selection. You will be able to do this by participating in an open question and answer session with each candidate and completing a feedback form to be shared with the Board. We plan to act on the new superintendent’s contract in February. 

Please feel free to contact Bob Ostlund (612-308-8997) or Patty Phillips (651-357-0996)  if you have any questions regarding the search. We look forward to your assistance in this search process and believe that your input will help us make the best possible choice for your next superintendent.

School Board, Independent School District 318

Pat Medure, Chair
Molly Miskovich, Clerk
Malissa Bahr Treasurer 
David Marty, Director
Tom Peltier, Director
Sue Zeige, Director