Pequot Lakes School Board selects 3 superintendent finalists

The Pequot Lakes School Board has named interim Superintendent Kurt Stumpf, along with Benjamin Bernard and Frank Herman as finalists for the full-time superintendent position

Pequot Lakes High School. Brainerd Dispatch file photo

The Pequot Lakes School Board took the next step toward hiring a new full-time superintendent by naming three finalists the board will interview in a special meeting Monday, Jan. 3.

At its regular meeting Monday, Dec. 20, the board agreed with a recommendation from the Minnesota School Board Association’s executive search team to select the following three finalists in its full-time superintendent search: Benjamin Bernard, Frank Herman and Kurt Stumpf.

Stumpf has been the district's interim superintendent since July. Before joining Pequot Lakes Schools, he worked as the superintendent of the Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton School District for two years. Before being hired in his current position, he informed the school board that he would be applying for the full-time position.

Bernard currently works as principal of St. Charles Public Schools, while Herman is currently the principal at Robbinsdale Cooper High School.

“Whichever superintendent you select, they will be most fortunate to lead your district,” Steve Niklaus, of the MSBA, told the board. “You are a prime school district, and one I think a superintendent would be very fortunate to lead.”


A summary of the board’s evaluation of Stumpf’s performance so far - conducted on Nov. 16 - was made public during Monday’s meeting. According to the summary, the board seemed to agree Stumpf has done an “excellent job of integrating with the community, staff and students.”

Board members also said they appreciated his early assessments of finance, teaching and learning systems.

Dan Determan may be reached at 218-855-5879 or Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter at

Dan Determan has been a reporter for the Echo Journal since 2014, primarily covering sports at Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus
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