The Somers-Lakeside School District has begun its search for a new superintendent, following current Superintendent Teri Wing’s announcement of her resignation.
Wing, who has served in the position for the past seven years, recently alerted the school board of her decision to end her time at the district effective June. 30.
“It’s time to move on to different things,” Wing said.
Wing said her plan is to move in to another area of eduction.
The district posted the advertisement for the open position Friday, following a special meeting earlier in the week to decide how to go about the search for Wing’s replacement.
Trustees considered contracting with the Montana School Boards Association for the search, but decided to do it independently after debating the costs, which would involved several thousand dollars, and the work involved.
“I think the cost is enough that we need to think if there are things we can do,” board member Tim Rogge said.
Wing told the board that moving quickly is imperative as there are currently half a dozen superintendent positions posted on job websites in the state.
“The bulk of the work if you are really honest is reading the applications and scoring them based on criteria,” Wing said. “You have to have the same people doing it. Those are the time consuming things.”
Rogge recommended establishing a three-member committee to focus on the superintendent search, along with the support of Wing and district clerk Diane Fetterhoff. Rogge, along with Courtney Shaeffer and Alice Blasdel will serve on that committee.
Fetterhoff pointed out that a meeting of three trustees is considered a quorum so meetings will be required to be noticed 48 hours in advance.
The board also reviewed the application and advertisement used in 2004, the last time the district had to hire a new superintendent to succeed Robert Smith and selected Wing. Members settled on ranges for salary and work days for the position. They decided that the position will be posted through March 11, or until filled.
The committee was to meet Feb. 15 to solidify questions to be included in the application. Other work of the committee prior to reviewing applications will include taking the responses and feedback from surveys of the staff and the community to help form criteria with which to evaluate applicants.
The board is asking the community to get involved in the process through completing an online survey about the most important functions and qualifications for a new superintendent by 4 p.m. Feb. 22.
The survey can be found on the right side of the district’s website at http://www.somersdist29.org/somerssd/site/default.asp">www.somersdist29.org.