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Pine River-Backus School District extends offer to Endicott

At an April 19 meeting to deliberate the results of interviews with David Endicott of Walker-Hackensack-Akeley School District and Tom Rich of Melrose Area Public Schools, the Pine River-Backus School board decided to extend their offer for the o...

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David Endicott. Photo taken from http://www.wha.k12.mn.us/.

At an April 19 meeting to deliberate the results of interviews with David Endicott of Walker-Hackensack-Akeley School District and Tom Rich of Melrose Area Public Schools, the Pine River-Backus School board decided to extend their offer for the open superintendent position to Endicott.

The board reviewed recommendations and assessments by staff and community members before making their own decision. Those assessments included strengths and opportunities to grow for both candidates.

In discussing Endicott, his familiarity with the school and its strategic plan was frequently addressed as a major strength to his application. Other assessments included his knowledge of finance, his passion and enthusiasm, and a record of success. Many of these characteristics were also noted by the school board during deliberation and while each board member also showed recognition for Rich's many qualifications, the board unanimously agreed to extend the offer of the superintendent position to Endicott immediately after deliberations. The board motioned to hire him pending negotiation of a mutually agreeable contract and successful completion of a background check.

"I was excited," Endicott said. "This is a great opportunity and a great district to jump into. A great staff and people to work with and there is the opportunity to be close to home. It's a great opportunity for me."

Endicott is a former principal of Eagleview Elementary School in Pequot Lakes where he worked approximately four years before becoming the Superintendent at WHA for two years. He still resides in Jenkins, with a Pine River zip code, which was a contributing factor to his decision to apply to the PR-B Superintendent position.

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"I am thoroughly enjoying my time in Walker," Endicott said. "It's going very well. I think the two things that played a key into my decision to enter into the search was that Pine River is a quality school district and a good match for my skill set, number two is that I live seven miles from the school. Being very close to home was very appealing."

This is the second candidate PR-B has offered the job to. The previous candidate, Michael Kolness of Ada-Borup Public Schools, withdrew his application after Feb. 9 contract discussions revealed unreconcilable difference in the salary negotiations. The board decided to restart the superintendent search, but to advertise with a salary cap of $119,000. That was the advertisement to which Endicott applied.

Negotiations are in the process between Kolness and the district. The board indicated a desire to complete negotiations sooner rather than later.

"I am confident we will get something settled," Endicott said.

Pine River-Backus is seeking a superintendent to replace Cathy Bettino who is retiring in June.

Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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