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February 08, 2018 at 7:18 PM

Meade School District SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH Update

February 9, 2018

Contact:     Dr. Tom Jacobson and Mr. Don Hague
McPherson & Jacobson


Sturgis, South Dakota - The consultants of McPherson & Jacobson L.L.C, have completed Phases I & II of the superintendent search process. These phases included work with the school board and with the community to identify criteria for a new superintendent in the Meade School District. The top criteria, as determined by the Board, are: 


  • A leader who is visible within the school and community and demonstrates an outgoing personality while developing a positive relationship with all stakeholder groups.
  • A visionary and progressive leader who demonstrates the ability to effectively manage and evaluate staff bringing out the best in everyone working for the district.
  • Excellent communicator who demonstrates strong skills in all forms of communication, internal and external, with all stakeholder groups.
  • A leader who has experience in all aspects of education; curriculum and instruction, fiscal management, construction, personnel and technology.  

The superintendent’s position will be advertised nationally and regionally in professional publications, the McPherson & Jacobson website, and professional associations throughout the United States.


On February 8th, Mr. Don Hague met with the Board of Education to review the stakeholder input summary, begin writing interview questions, and discuss the logistics of the interview process.


The deadline for submitting application materials is February 28, 2018. After that date, the consultants will begin reviewing the completed files and evaluating the candidates against the established criteria. The consultants will be conducting extensive background checks on the candidates.


On March 14, 2018, the consultants will meet with the Board of Education to review candidates and assist the Board as it selects final candidates to be interviewed.


After the superintendent has been hired, Dr. Tom Jacobson will facilitate a Board/Superintendent workshop to assist in the establishment of performance objectives for the new superintendent.