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Superintendent search enters its final four

The Dickinson School Board will hold three separate meetings Thursday, April 12, interviewing four candidates for the position of superintendent for Dickinson Public School District.

The Dickinson School Board will hold three separate meetings Thursday, April 12, interviewing four candidates for the position of superintendent for Dickinson Public School District.

The earliest meeting is scheduled at 8 a.m. Subsequent meetings are slated for 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. There will be a period of public comment at each meeting, according to the agenda. Much of these meetings will be held in executive session and thus be closed to the public. However the agenda for the 6 p.m. meeting has the selection of the final candidates, finalizing the interview schedule and finalizing the interview questions for the finalists for the position all open to the public. That will follow a closed interview session, however, so the public period may actually begin later than 6 p.m.

These meetings will be at the Central Administration Office in the boardroom.

School Board President Brent Seaks said in a phone interview that the district had received 39 applications for the position.

"I think we do have something kind of special here," Seaks said, speaking to the allure Dickinson holds. Of those 39 applications, the field has been narrowed down through the efforts of the search firm Ray and Associates, which Seaks said had been recommended by current superintendent Doug Sullivan. Now, the final four will be interviewed over the course of the day Thursday, with each interview meeting expected to last two hours.

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"Our hope would be ... late tomorrow evening we will have narrowed down our two finalists and our hope would be those two finalists would join us next week," Seaks said. "Next week what we plan on doing is having our official final interviews, and give them a chance to meet with the public."

That public forum will allow the final two to meet with both the community and district staff.

"The board will make their decision shortly after," Seaks said. "Best case scenario ... next Friday we should have an idea of who our next superintendent will be."

Seaks said he was happy with the pool of applicants.

"It's an exciting time and it's really exciting to think we had 39 applicants and all four of our finalists are currently superintendents elsewhere," Seaks said.

Among the factors Seaks said he thinks helped appeal Dickinson to so many applicants are the generous pay rate the district is offering: a salary of $210,000.

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