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S-O school districts working toward superintendent hire

The Sibley-Ocheyedan Community School District Board of Education has offered an update on its superintendent hiring process.

The board recently met with staff at Grundmeyer Leader Services to review the candidate pool. The position was posted and resulted in seven candidates, including three from outside the state of Iowa. Two of the candidates hold a terminal degree (Ed.D. or Ph.D.), while one holds a specialist/six-year degree.

All seven candidates were presented to the board in closed session on Jan. 30. After the review of candidates’ application materials, references, licensure verification and social media, four candidates were selected for screening interviews, which will take place on Monday. The screening process will allow the board to further evaluate the candidates’ qualifications for the position and narrow the process to three finalists.

The search consultants will set up and facilitate the screening interviews, and finalists will be publicly named shortly after those interviews take place. The desired qualifications identified by the district and board will continue to drive the hiring process.

Stakeholders will soon be contacted to serve on the formal interview teams. These groups will include students, staff, teachers, administrators, and community members. Each person will provide the board with feedback on the finalists after the interviews.

The board will conduct formal interviews with the finalists on Feb. 22. The new superintendent will officially begin leading the Sibley-Ocheyedan Community School District on July 1.

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