Put out the ‘Help Wanted’ sign

The New Prague Area School Board has some quick decisions to make.

Superintendent Larry Kauzlarich announced that he would be leaving the district at the conclusion of his contract on June 30. That means the district needs to start searching for a new superintendent.

This is the fourth time the district has looked for a superintendent in eight years... fifth if you count both the original search and the interim search in 2006 after the candidate the board selected turned down the job.

This is considered the beginning of the season for hiring superintendents. Most searches take several months and most districts want to be finished with the process by March or April, to ensure that they get the best candidate for the job.

At its next meeting, the board will need to look at the process for finding a superintendent, review the rules regarding the Minnesota Data Privacy Act and Open Meeting Law, decide who they want to lead the search and set some timelines and decide what qualities they want in a leader.

New Prague remains a successful, attractive school district that should attract good candidates. The board needs to “get it right” and find a dynamic, qualified leader with foresight, public relations skills, budget expertise, leadership skills, and more who wants to make a long-term commitment to the New Prague Area Schools. There are many important decisions to be made in the district over the next few years, and the board needs someone who can guide them in making those decisions.