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Community meeting for BAS superintendent search Feb. 5

BEMIDJI—Bemidji Area Schools district residents can help shape the district's search for a new superintendent next week.

The public is invited to a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, in the district board room at 502 Minnesota Ave. NW. Participants can tell a pair of consultants about the district's strengths, challenges it faces and goals they hope it achieves, plus the characteristics and skills they'd like to see in a new superintendent.

Residents can also fill out a confidential survey through the district's website:

The consultants are also expected to meet with city and county officials, business leaders, representatives from nearby school districts, and higher education officials as they put together a "New Superintendent Profile."

Once they've finalized the profile with board members, the consultants will present five to seven candidates to board members in mid-April. The board will then narrow the field to two to three candidates.

The finalists then will spend a day each at the district interviewing with more community leaders, staff and students before their second round of board interviews.

The board will then choose one of those three people to be the district's next superintendent, pending successful contract negotiations.

The new superintendent will replace outgoing Superintendent Jim Hess, who announced his retirement last August.

Joe Bowen

Joe Bowen covers education (mostly K-12) and American Indian affairs for the Bemidji Pioneer.

He's from Minneapolis, earned a degree from the College of St. Benedict - St. John's University in 2009, and worked at the Perham Focus near Detroit Lakes and Sun Newspapers in suburban Minneapolis before heading to the Pioneer.

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