Bemidji School Board superintendent search underway, community survey coming soon

The Bemidji School Board met with two members of the Minnesota School Boards Association to discuss the process for another superintendent search.

The initial step will be in an online survey to gather stakeholder and community member input on what they’d like to see in Bemidji’s next superintendent.

That survey will be available on the district’s website starting Monday.

MSBA’s Lee Warne, who described himself as having an affinity to Bemidji due to his personal connections to the area, will lead the superintendent search process.

One of the three Bemidji School board members present during the meeting, longtime member Ann Long Voelkner, said the special school board meeting was largely about establishing the community input process and specific timelines.

Superintendent Tim Lutz announced his retirement during the regular January School Board meeting and has served the post for almost four years.

The district’s new superintendent is expected to be selected later this spring, with an official start date on July 1.


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