Hopkins Schools start the search for new superintendent

By Gabby Landsverk, Sun Sailor Newspapers

The Hopkins School Board authorized the beginning of a search for a new superintendent at the April 4 board meeting.
The search follows an announcement last month that current Supt. John Schultz is accepting a position in the Edina School District.

The board unanimously approved a contract with search firm School Exec Connect, Inc. The firm was chosen from the six firms that responded to the district’s request for proposals, generated at previous board workshops. The contract fee for consulting and search services is $17,900, including expenses not to exceed $2,500 unless otherwise approved.

“It was very nice to hear from all six. They were all great candidates, it’s just that one is a little better for us,” said Wendy Donovan, school board chair, commending the firms for their prompt and professional response.

Donovan, Vice Chair Warren Goodroad and Director Betsy Anderson will serve on a committee to help coordinate the time frame for the search.

Additional steps in the search, including a job description profile, will be approved by the board at future meetings.

In other business, the school board also recognized John Toop, director of business services, and the district’s business office for receiving an annual award for excellence in financial reporting in the 2016 fiscal year, the eighth year the district has achieved the honor.

Contact Gabby Landsverk at [email protected]