Fargo School Board votes to hire superintendent search firm
FARGO - The Fargo School Board voted 8-1 to hire Ray and Associates, an Iowa-based firm that found the school district's last three superintendents, to conduct a search for a replacement for Superintendent Jeff Schatz, who recently gave notice that he will retire at the end of June.
The base price quoted for the search by Ray and Associates is $18,000, but board President Jim Johnson said that could be adjusted lower if the school district takes care of some of the search functions.
Board member David Paulson voted against the hire after he argued to have the search done by board members and district staff.
Still, Johnson cautioned board members, "this process is going to cost us over $20,000,easily," when expenses, advertising and travel costs are added to the total.
The school district spent about $27,000 in its last search, which ended with the job being offered to Schatz, who was principal of Fargo Davies High School at the time.
A candidate with a doctoral degree in educational leadership or a related field is preferred, as is prior experience as a superintendent, board members unanimously agreed.
The board also agreed that the "base salary will be in the range of $210,000," but that could be adjusted up or down depending on experience and qualifications.
Schatz is now paid, with his performance bonus, $210,000 a year, Johnson said.