Citizens invited to focus groups for superintendent search

Community members are invited to one-hour focus groups as part of the  search for a new superintendent in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.

The groups will be hosted by School Exec Connect, the search firm assisting the  Board of Education.

Three community focus groups will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at
Metcalf Junior High, 2250 Diffley Road, Burnsville; Nicollet Junior High, 400 E. 134th St., Burnsville, and
Eagle Ridge Junior High, 13955 Glendale Road, Savage.

School Exec Connect wants to know what people see as the challenges, strengths and goals of the district, and what characteristics and skills people desire in a new superintendent. They are also seeking suggested questions to ask during candidate interviews. The firm will use the input to develop a profile that will help them locate candidates who would be a good match for the district.

The firm hopes a diversity of community members will participate in the focus groups, including those who don’t have children in the schools.

Feedback can also be provided through an online survey in English, Spanish or Somali. Responses are confidential and go directly to the search firm. Click on the “Superintendent Search” icon on the district website at

The position will be advertised and candidates will be recruited nationally through March 22. On April 1, the board and consultants will review and select candidates to be initially interviewed. Then the board will interview five or six recommended candidates on April 2 and 3. On April 3, the board will narrow the field to two or three finalists.

The next round of individual interviews will occur on April 9 and 10 (and 11, if needed). Each candidate will be invited for an all-day interview process that will include open forums and a final formal board interview.

At the forums, staff, students and community members can provide input  by participating in an open question and answer session with each candidate and then filling out a feedback sheet to be shared with the board.

The goal is to have a new superintendent begin on July 1. Current superintendent Randy Clegg retires on June 30.