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Superintendent search firm chosen

School Exec Connect, based in Highland Park, Ill., a Chicago suburb, will get to work this week to find a replacement for District 833 Superintendent Tom Nelson who retires at the end of the school year.

School board members opted for the firm at a workshop meeting, Nov. 6 after interviewing four firms that, in addition to SEC, included Ray and Associates, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Ken LaCroix, Hastings, Minn.; and ADM Group, Mound, Minn.

The district spent $25,000 four years ago for the search that resulted in hiring Nelson.

SEC, in its application, stated the search cost would range from $14,000 to $28,000, according to Board Chair Ron Kath.

The board will set a date to meet with Ken Dragseth from SEC in the near future, according to Kath, to discuss a timeline for the search, which the board wants completed in March, and the interview process that will include applications from administrators already working in the district who have superintendent licensure.

Judy Spooner
Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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