Robbinsdale Area Schools

2021 Superintendent Search

The School Board has begun the search for the District's next superintendent.

The Board has contracted with School Exec Connect to lead the superintendent candidate search process. Candidates will be recruited February 26 - April 2, with interviews taking place the week of April 12. The search will be advertised statewide and nationally. School Exec Connect will accept applications and recruit candidates who match the superintendent profile. 

Superintendent Finalist Interviews - open community webinars April 15 and 16

On April 13, after interviewing five candidates, the Board selected two finalists to move forward to final round interviews.

  The Board invites the community to join the open community webinar on April 15 to meet Dr. Kim Hiel and April 16 to meet David Engstrom.  

The community will have an opportunity to submit questions for each finalist during the webinar. Questions can be submitted during each interview through the Zoom webinar Q&A feature. After each session, the community can provide feedback through an online survey.

Superintendent Finalist Interviews with the School Board - April 15 and 16

The School Board will conduct interviews with the finalists. These are public interviews and the community is invited to observe. The meetings will be livestreamed (links will be posted in the video viewer below). 

  • Thursday, April 15, , 7:15 - 8:15 p.m.

  • Friday, April 16, , 7:15 - 8:15 p.m. 

Recent Updates

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On Thursday, April 8, the School Board approved seven first round candidates. First round and finalist interviews will take place the week of April 12.

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The Robbinsdale Area Public School District Board of Education wanted to have a better understanding of the school community members’ perceptions of the District as they began their search for a new Superintendent. The Board unanimously approved the modified Superintendent Profile


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February 2021

February 16, 2021:  Board approved the hiring of School Exec Connect to lead the superintendent candidate search process

February 22, 2021:  Board work session to discuss and establish the superintendent search process

February 26, 2021:  Letter sent with invitation to district stakeholders to provide feedback through confidential Survey Monkey form

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March 2021

March 1 - 10:  Online survey available for district stakeholders

March 11, 12:  Focus Groups meet to provide input into the "New Superintendent Profile"

March 15:  The Board will hear a report, at its regular 7 p.m. meeting, on the focus group and survey findings and will be requested to take action on the desired criteria for the next superintendent

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April 2021

April 8:  Candidates will be presented to the Board

April 12, 13:  First Board interviews

April 13:  Board will narrow choices to two to three candidates

April 15, 16:  The two candidates will meet with students, staff, and community members, ending the day with a community webinar and final interview with the Board 

By April 16:  Board will narrow the choice to one finalist

April 19:  Anticipated board action on a contract with the finalist

July 1, 2021:  New superintendent assumes duties