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News: January 10, 2023

The Rockford Area School District Board of Education has contracted with School Exec Connect, a superintendent search firm, to assist with the search for a new superintendent. Board members want you to be informed of the process that we will be following as we conduct the search for a new superintendent. Additionally, we hope that you will give your input to assist us in making the best selection possible.

To begin the process, the School Exec Connect consultants, Dr. Kenneth (Ken) Dragseth, Dr. David (Dave) Clough and Mr. Robert (Bob) Ostlund will meet with board members, school staff, parents, students, and community members individually and in focus groups in the next couple of weeks to determine the challenges, strengths, goals of our district and what characteristics or skills you would like to see in a superintendent. Additionally, our staff and community members will have the opportunity to give confidential written feedback to the consultants via our website linked to a questionnaire in Survey Monkey. Using this information, we will develop a profile of the desired skills and characteristics in the next superintendent.

The position will be advertised and candidates will be recruited from January 20th through February 17th. On February 22nd the Board and consultants will meet to review and select candidates to be initially interviewed. The Board will interview five or six recommended candidates on February 23rd and 24th. On February 24th the Board will narrow the field to two or three finalists. The next round of individual interviews will occur on February 27th, February 28th(if needed) and March 1st. Each finalist will be interviewed in a process with staff, student and community involvement as well as a final formal Board interview. The Board will ask staff, students and community to provide input into the selection by their participation in a question-and-answer session with each finalist and completion of a feedback form to be shared with the Board. We plan to act on the new superintendent’s contract in mid-March.

You may choose to give your confidential feedback to us by accessing the Rockford Area School District website at and completing the Survey Monkey form. All replies will be confidential. Please submit feedback by January 20th.

Please feel free to contact Ken Dragseth (952-210-2790) Dave Clough (847-644-5556) or Bob Ostlund (612-308-8997) if you have any questions regarding the search. We look forward to your assistance in this search process and believe that your input will help us make the best possible choice for your next superintendent.

Board of Education, Rockford Area School District

Eric Gordee                                        Jessica Johnson

Amy Edwards                                     Beth Praska

Jenny Kneeland                                Jamie Hillstrom