GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)--The search for the next superintendent of Grand Forks Public Schools moves into high gear this week.
It's a big week for the Grand Forks School Board as six finalists will interview this week trying to become the next superintendent.
The job won't be easy. School consolidation has many across the district upset.
"We've got a lot of issues going on--whether it's funding--whether it's facilities planning so I do believe that there will be a lot of challenges and a lot of hard work that will be required of the new superintendent,” said School Board President, Doug Carpenter.
But the financially strapped district shelled out 25 thousand dollars to an outside firm to find the next superintendent.
“If we get a good candidate, one that will be a successful superintendent for Grand Forks schools, it will be well worth any money spent on them,” said Carpenter.
While the school board pats Larry Nybladh on the back for a decade of service - it didn't end well. Toward the end - many called for his resignation after three students took their own lives in just over a year.
"I do believe that there will be a lot of challenges and a lot of hard work that will be required of the new superintendent. "
The school board will interview three candidates on Wednesday and three more on Thursday in closed door meetings.
They will then open up the doors to the public for discussion Thursday evening, and narrow the field down to three finalists.
"We want somebody that's an excellent communicator. We want somebody that has a strong financial background. We want somebody that is current with 21st century learning, and the different things that are going on in public education within the country today,” said Carpenter.
The new superintendent would begin their duties on July 1.
The school district hopes to name a new superintendent by February 19.