In a special meeting held Monday, Nov. 1, the Pequot Lakes School Board voted unanimously to approve its criteria for hiring a new superintendent.

With the Minnesota School Boards Association, the board went over the results of a stakeholder survey regarding the hiring of a new superintendent. A total of 365 people completed the survey - roughly two-thirds of whom identified as parents or guardians.

Those who responded listed collaborative leadership and experience in budget and finance as the top two desired areas of expertise in a new superintendent. They also want honesty and accessibility in a new superintendent. Roughly 44% stated previous superintendent experience was important.

The board also voted to approve the district’s brochure for the superintendent vacancy, as well as approve the Assurance of Compliance with State and Federal Law Prohibiting Discrimination, in compliance with state and federal law.

Since he has made clear he intends to apply for the full-time position, interim Superintendent Kurt Stumpf recused himself from the meeting.

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