The Pine River-Backus School Board approved a contract for services with the Minnesota School Board Association for a superintendent search at a special meeting Friday, March 20.

This comes after Superintendent Dave Endicott recently announced his resignation effective June 30.

"It has been an honor and pleasure serving the Pine River-Backus School District this past four years, but I feel it is time for me to pursue other passions and allow a person with new energy and ideas to lead this district," Endicott said in an email.

On behalf of the district, MSBA will conduct community and district staff listening sessions and will provide an online survey to gain feedback to use in drafting interview questions for prospective candidates. MSBA will then use these questions to conduct the search for the school's next superintendent.

After a pool of candidates has been screened using guidelines from the school board and district as a whole, MSBA will meet with the school board to facilitate selection of finalists to interview.

The search began Tuesday, March 24, with the approval of a vacancy announcement. Surveys are available now through Saturday, April 18. Community and staff listening sessions will take place Wednesday-Friday, April 8-10, and Monday-Friday, April 13-17.

The school board will review and approve interview questions at a 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, special meeting, and final applications will be accepted until Sunday, April 26.

Initial screenings will start Monday, April 27, with finalists chosen Tuesday, May 5. The first round of interviews will be Thursday, May 7, with the second round Tuesday, May 12.

Negotiations with a selected finalist are scheduled for Thursday or Friday, May 14 or 15.

If all goes well, an employment contract will be approved Monday, May 18, with the new superintendent reporting to work July 1.