SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH UPDATE
Dr. Kim Hiel selected as Fridley Public Schools' new superintendent
After a brief deliberation during a board meeting on April 5, 2018, the Fridley School Board voted unanimously to select Dr. Kim Hiel as the district’s new superintendent. Dr. Hiel will replace Dr. Peggy Flathmann who announced her intent to retire at the end of this school year after 13 years in the district.
"The Fridley School Board is extremely excited that Dr. Hiel has accepted the position of Superintendent of Fridley Schools,” said Mary Kay Delvo, Fridley School Board Chair. “Dr. Hiel is a highly competent and passionate leader who is a great match for our school community. Every person we spoke to about Dr. Hiel spoke emphatically about her integrity, work ethic, passion for creating success for every student, and her ability to build and sustain positive and meaningful working relationships," said Delvo, adding that Hiel has the personal attributes and leadership skills to solidify and strengthen the district’s foundation for educational equity, as well as raise achievement for all students.
Hiel brings a passion for equitable student achievement for every child and nearly 25 years’ experience in education to her new role as superintendent of Fridley Public Schools. She currently serves as an Assistant Superintendent for Osseo Area Schools where she co-leads the Division of Leadership, Teaching and Learning, that includes the departments of Educational Equity; Student Support Services; Curriculum, Instruction and Educational Standards; and Research, Assessment and Accountability. Hiel provides supervision and support to 31 sites including three comprehensive high schools, an area learning center, four middle schools, 17 elementary schools, two early childhood sites, an enrollment center and adult basic education site, two special education sites and the Educational Service Center. Dr. Hiel also co-led the development and implementation of the voluntary pre-kindergarten program at eight elementary schools in Osseo.
“I am deeply honored, thrilled and excited about this opportunity,” said Hiel. As she learned more about Fridley Public Schools, she said the district’s mission to “create a world class community of learners” strongly resonated with her passion for maximizing opportunities for all students so that they can reach their fullest potential in today’s globally connected world. “As a world class community of learners, Fridley’s mission is to develop internationally minded students, and the district challenges itself, its students and community to become caring lifelong learners who inquire to take action to create a better world,” she said.
“As I met and spoke with staff, parents and community members, I heard great things about the school district, and the opportunities available, and provided to students through the International Baccalaureate programs,” said Hiel. “I look forward to joining a district with a very hardworking and dedicated staff, a strong community that supports its schools, and working with a school board that is keenly in tune with the needs of its district,” she said.
Hiel previously worked as a teacher and principal in the Robbinsdale Area Schools, and served as a principal in Osseo Area Schools before being promoted to assistant superintendent. In 2014, Hiel was named Minnesota Elementary and Middle School Science and Mathematics Principal of the Year by the Minnesota Principal Association and the Science Museum of Minnesota. Hiel earned her Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, a Master’s degree in educational leadership from Hamline University, and an educational specialist degree from the University of St. Thomas. Hiel holds a Doctorate degree in educational administration from St. Cloud State University.
The School Board will begin negotiating a contract with Dr. Hiel who is expected to begin her new position in Fridley in July 2018.
Superintendent Job Announcement
Application deadline: February 28, 2018
Fridley Public Schools' current superintendent Dr. Peggy Flathmann has announced her intent to retire at the end of this school year on June 30, 2018. Accordingly, the Fridley School Board is now conducting a search for an outstanding leader and invites applications from qualified and interested candidates for the position of Fridley Public Schools superintendent.
Fridley Public Schools is an urban school district located within the City of Fridley, Minnesota. The district is located about 10 miles north of downtown Minneapolis in Anoka County. The school district serves the city of Fridley as well as many other neighboring cities through open enrollment. All our schools are International Baccalaureate (IB) World Schools and Fridley is one of the few district’s in Minnesota that offers the IB Continuum - from Primary Years Programme (PYP) in the elementary schools to the Middle Years Programme (MYP) in middle and high school to the Diploma Programme (DP) and Career-related Programme (CP) in the high school.
As a world-class community of learners, Fridley Public Schools aims to develop internationally minded students. We challenge ourselves, our students and our community to become caring and knowledgeable life-long learners who inquire and take action to create a better world. Our mission is to guide students in the development of learning skills to help them reach their full potential.
The district serves the City of Fridley with two elementary schools, a middle school, a high school, a transition program and an area learning center. Hayes Elementary (P-4), Stevenson Elementary (P-4), Fridley Middle (5-8) and Fridley High (9-12) schools are all International Baccalaureate (IB) World Schools. The district also has a community education department that provides year-long educational and enrichment programs to community members ages birth to seniors.
The school district has 3,000 students, a third of whom are open enrolled students from surrounding metro cities. The student body is 60% students of color and 32% white. 63% receive free or reduced school meals, 16% have special needs and 16% are English Learners (EL). Our students come to us from diverse ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds with more than 40 languages spoken in our students homes.
Fridley Public Schools’ current superintendent will retire at the end of the school year on June 30, 2018. Accordingly, the Board is now conducting a search for an outstanding leader and invites applications from qualified and interested candidates.
The superintendent of schools is the chief executive officer of the school district, serves as the professional advisor for, and is accountable directly to the School Board. The superintendent is responsible for guiding and directing all operations and activities of the school district and for informing the School Board about needs for current and future operations. The superintendent shall recommend actions for consideration by the School Board, recommend policies, and shall be responsible for implementing, interpreting, and executing these policies.
SALARY AND CONTRACT
A competitive compensation package will be negotiated commensurate with experience and qualifications. The contract length is negotiable as provided by Minnesota statute.
Please apply through the district’s online employment application link that can be found on the district’s website at: Www.fridley.k12.mn.us.mn, under Employment Opportunities. Applicants will need to create a user name and password to log on.
To be considered for this position, an applicant’s completed application must be submitted by 11:59 pm on February 28, 2018, and must include the following:
- A cover letter indicating a desire to be a candidate for the Fridley Public Schools superintendent position,
- Legal proof or other evidence (certificate/license) showing the candidate’s qualification to be superintendent in the state of Minnesota: and
- A set of current credentials including a current resume, at least three letters of recommendations, and a copy of the candidate’s official transcript(s). Originals must be submitted upon hire.
January 29, 2018: Vacancy is announced/posted
February 28, 2018: Job posting closes
March 5, 2018: Screening and selection of candidates for interviews
March 19-21, 2018: Candidate first round interviews
March 26-30, 2018: SPRING BREAK
April 2-6, 2018: Candidate final interviews, meeting district leadership team, district tour
April 9-16, 2018: Site visit(s), selection of candidate and contract negotiations
April 17, 2018: Regular School Board Meeting: Approval of candidate/contract
July 1, 2018: Superintendent begins
Jennifer Claseman, Human Resources Director
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