TCU names semi-finalists in superintendent search

 

Four semi-finalists have been named in the search for a new superintendent of the Tri-City United School District.
The candidates were chosen by the South Central Service Cooperative, the organization that helps school districts with superintendent searches, among other services. SCSC representative Ed Waltman attended the TCU School Board meeting on Monday and said the position drew 15 candidates. 
The semi-finalists are:
Dr. Virginia A. Dahlstrom
Dahlstrom is the superintendent of Wadena Public Schools. She has been the superintendent of that district for four years. She also has six years of experience as the International School Director in Egypt and Korea, and 26 years as a teacher in  Burnsville and Minnesota State University.
Dr. Joseph A. Libby
Libby is a principal at Fort Dodge Iowa Community School District and has 14 years of experience as a principal at schools in Fort Dodge, Brighton CO, Farmington, and Albert Lea. He also has three years experience as an elementary science teacher in Houston TX.
Teri M. Preisler
Preisler, an Associate Director of Technology in Owatonna Schools, has held that position for two years.
Previously  she spent 14 years as an elementary principal in Owatonna, Le Sueur-Henderson, and Faribault. For 11 years she was a K-12 Music teacher in Norman County West and Faribault. 
She was also a semi-finalist for the superintendent positions in Jordan and New Prague School Districts.
Michael T. Redmond
Redmond is the executive director of Secondary Education for Stillwater Public Schools. He has been in that position for one year. He also has five years of experience as a secondary principal in North St. Paul, and 17 years of experience as a social studies teacher in Mahtomedi and Bahrain. 
Waltman pointed out that  while Dahlstrom and Libby both have their doctorate degrees, Preisler and Redmond are also on track to finish their doctorate work next year. 
Waltman had also assisted the district in the consolidation process and previous superintendent searches. 
“I have a lot of interest in this district, and will do my best to get the right person,” he told the board.
 
Next steps
The school board and interview committee, which is made up of school administrators, teachers, and community members, was scheduled to interview the four candidates on Wednesday, starting at 4:30 p.m.
The board was then to meet later that night to read the Community Committee feedback forms, then rank the candidates based experience, community involvement, and thoroughness of their application.
The board was then to choose two finalists who will be interviewed by the public on Monday, April 29 and Tuesday, April 30.
After the final interviews, the board will chose the final candidate.
During the interview processes, the board and community committee will use a list of New Superintendent Attributes the board also approved on Monday.
Those attributes are:
• Has excellent communication skills both written and spoken.
• Has a proven record as an educational leader.
• Works collaboratively with others and seeks input from staff, parents, and community to develop options to unify the school district.
• Thinks and plans strategically with the ability to conceptualize future needs and solutions.
• Is visible in schools and the communities and is able to develop partnerships with business, government, and community groups.
• Has a good working knowledge and understanding of school finance and Human Resource Management.
• Has experience in a school district serving multiple communities.
• Is described by others as honest, ethical, and dedicated to students and the school profession.
• Is a good listener who possesses strong interpersonal and team building skills.
• Has the ability to provide technology leadership.
 
Superintendent timeline 
All will take place at TCU High School
 
April 24, 4 p.m. - School Board and Community Committee interview semifinalists.
 
April 24, 9:30 p.m. - School Board selects two finalists.
 
April 29, 4 p.m. - Community Meeting/Board interview - The public encouraged to attend.
 
April 30, 4 p.m. - Community Meeting/Board interview.
The public encouraged to attend.
 
April 30, 7:30 p.m. - Board determines final candidate.
 
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