School Board: Next superintendent must bring business acumenThis isn't 2004. That was the sentiment Red Wing School Board members expressed as they began the first steps in replacing retiring Supt. Stan Slessor.
By: Mike Longaecker, The Republican Eagle
This isn't 2004.
That was the sentiment Red Wing School Board members expressed as they began the first steps in replacing retiring Supt. Stan Slessor.
The 62-year-old was hired in 2004, when the district was still reeling after a divisive teachers union strike. Red Wing School Board member Mitch Boldt said the board opted for Slessor - regarded as a collaborative, education-centered executive - over a finalist with a stronger business background.
But a push among board members toward developing a consistent staff evaluation system will mean different priorities in this year's superintendent search.
"The business end of it, in my opinion, is pretty strong," Boldt said. "It's going to be a real strong component this time around."
School Board members met Monday with superintendent search consultant Ken LaCroix, who updated them on the process and solicited their input as he puts out the call for a new district leader.
Other board members echoed Boldt’s message that a business background will be a focus. But School Board member Paul Kramp said that must be paired with a strong educational component.
"You've got to have someone who can balance the two aspects together," he said.
Read more in Wednesday's print edition, including a detailed timeline of the search process and a look at what other Minnesota districts will be competing with Red Wing for a new superintendent.