The Rochester School Board established a timeline during its Tuesday meeting for several of the key milestones in the process of selecting an interim superintendent.

The board discussed the process with Barb Dorn from the Minnesota School Boards Association. Superintendent Michael Muñoz is set to continue leading the district until June 30.

"I'm confident you'll get a lot of responses from folks," Dorn said about potential applicants for the job. "This is always the stickiest part: getting the timeline ... because everything is dependent on everything else."

The timeline for the process includes:

  • The posting for the job will be open from April 2-26 for applicants.
  • The School Board will release a survey to the public that can be filled out from April 2-12, giving the public the chance to indicate what qualities it would like in a superintendent.
  • The School Board will meet for an interview training April 23.

  • The School Board will review applications from April 28 to May 7.

  • The School Board will interview finalists May 11, with the possibility for that to continue on May 13.

  • The School Board will begin contract negotiations May 14.

  • The School Board will approve the contract with the interim superintendent May 18.

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In the aftermath of Muñoz's resignation, the School Board decided to hire an interim superintendent so it could take a little more time finding a long-term replacement. The interim superintendent will serve the district for a year.

In addition to the timeline, the School Board reviewed a number of other details related to the search, such as what would go into the brochure advertising the position to potential applicants.

Members discussed how the salary range would be communicated to applicants, whether the hiring process should include representatives from various stakeholder groups, and whether the interim superintendent would be able to apply for the long-term position when that process begins.

This was the second week in a row that the School Board discussed the interim superintendent search with Dorn. Last week, they reviewed the survey that will be open to community members.