Also, funding boost makes hiring of new School Readiness instructor possible

    The original plan this week was for the Crookston School Board to hold a “working session” after their regular meeting, but it had to be cancelled when some scheduling conflicts arose. Board Chair Frank Fee said he wants it rescheduled as school as possible, and the first agenda item will be to begin the process of finding a superintendent to succeed Chris Bates, who’s retiring at the end of the 2017-18 school year.

    Fee previously said the goal was to start advertising the position in October and possibly interview finalists over the Christmas/New Year’s break. He said this week that consultants that might be able to help with the search are submitting bids for the job.

    “I want to get a jump on other schools in the state on starting the process of hiring a new superintendent,” Fee said.

    At least one other school district in the region will be looking for a new superintendent as well, as Grand Forks School District Superintendent Larry Nybladh has announced his retirement, too.

School Readiness instructor hired

    With increased state funding for pre-kindergarten programming funneling into the district, the board made another hire this week, approving Bobby Jo Hebert as a School Readiness instructor. She’ll work 4.5 hours per day.

    Hebert has attended Northland Community and Technical College, Bemidji State University and the University of North Dakota. She has earned 105 credits toward an early childhood degree, but since she still doesn’t have the actual degree, the district will pursue a state waiver so she can teach as a “community expert.”

    Hebert has worked as a paraprofessional and teacher aide in the district before, and has experience in child care centers dating back to 1988.

    Two applied for the position.