Search Process Updates

  • New London-Spicer Press Release: 5/23/2022

    Contact: Lucinda Dahlberg, School Board Chair, dahlbergl@nls.k12.mn.us 

    Round Two finalists selected for New London - Spicer superintendent position

    New London - Spicer, MN— The NLS School Board has selected three finalists to interview for the school district’s superintendent position. The finalists are:

    • Cassie Akerson, Supervisor of Curriculum and Student Programming for St. Michael - Albertville School District
    • Jamie Boelter, Principal New London-Spicer School District
    • Emily McDonald, Assistant Superintendent, Lakeville Area Public Schools

    The finalists were selected from five candidates who were interviewed by the Board on May 23, 2022.

    The school board has scheduled interviews for the round two finalists beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday May 25, 2022.

    All interviews will be held at 101 4th Ave SW New London, MN 56273. Interviews will be in the District Conference Room and are open to the public. All attendees should enter through the District Office /Community Education Doors. 


  • New London-Spicer Schools Press Release

    May 18, 2022

    Six finalists selected for New London - Spicer superintendent position (
    Round 1 FINALISTS)
    Contact: Lucinda Dahlberg, School Board Chair, dahlbergl@nls.k12.mn.us 

    New London - Spicer, MN— The NLS School Board has selected six finalists to interview for the school district’s superintendent position. The finalists are:

    • Cassie Akerson, Supervisor of Curriculum and Student Programming, St. Michael - Albertville School District
    • Minda Anderson, Assistant Superintendent, Becker School District
    • Jamie Boelter, Principal, New London-Spicer High School
    • Emily McDonald, Assistant Superintendent, Lakeville Area Public Schools
    • David Pace, Superintendent, Greenway Public Schools
    • Donita Stepan, Superintendent, Thief River Falls Public Schools

    The finalists were selected from a pool of 12 applicants based on criteria established by the school board. The school board has scheduled interviews for the finalists beginning at 9:00 am on May 23, 2022. All interviews will be held at 101 4th Ave SW New London, MN 56273. Interviews will be in the District Conference Room and are open to the public. Attendees should enter through the NLS District Office/Community Education Doors. 


  • May 6, 2022

    RE: Stakeholder Survey Report 

    Dear New London-Spicer Stakeholders,

    As you know, the New London-Spicer School Board is conducting a search for a new superintendent. They have contracted with the Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA) to guide and provide assistance throughout the process. An important part of the search process was gathering stakeholder input for the Board to consider as it moves forward with selecting the new superintendent for New London-Spicer Schools.

    The anonymous public survey which was available for all stakeholders closed on April 28, 2022. On Thursday, May 5, MSBA provided an overview of the responses during a presentation to the School Board. That stakeholder report can be found here

    We will continue to keep our staff, families, and community members informed throughout the search process. Please frequent our Superintendent Search webpage (nls.k12.mn.us/supersearch) for the most up-to-date information. Thank you for your interest and participation in the superintendent search process. 

    New London-Spicer School Board 


  • April 28, 2022 

    Dear New London-Spicer Families and Staff,

    The anonymous public survey regarding the Superintendent Search which is available for all stakeholders will close tonight (April 28th, 2022) at midnight.  Click here to complete the New London-Spicer School District SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH SURVEY. Hard copies of the survey are also available in the district office. Following the survey deadline of April 28th, MSBA will summarize and provide an overview of the responses for presentation to the School Board.

    Please Note: If you missed the live Superintendent Search Q & A with MSBA on April 26th you can view the recording on our Superintendent Search webpage: nls.k12.mn.us/supersearch.

    Thank you for your interest and participation in the superintendent search process!

    NLS School Board


  • April 15, 2022

    To the New London-Spicer Community,

    We have learned that Dr. Adams will be leaving his position as Superintendent of New London-Spicer effective in June. We wish him well in his new opportunity. We are grateful for everything that he has done for our school district and community. He led our district through staff transitions, COVID, budget difficulties, a failed referendum, a successful referendum, and much more. His positive impact will be felt for years to come.

    As a school board, we are moving forward with a formal search for a new superintendent. At the school board meeting Monday evening, the board passed a motion to hire the Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA) to coordinate our search. MSBA’s expertise, experience, and connections offer us the best opportunity to find an ideal candidate for our district. The board will meet later today to finalize the details of the search process. We will be meeting with MSBA staff to discuss our district’s needs, the profile of candidates that we are seeking, opportunities for staff and community input, the specific dates and times of search steps, and more. The board is committed to actively involving all stakeholders in this search process. This will begin with a survey open to all staff, parents, students, and the community at large. The goal is to invite feedback regarding the necessary qualifications for our next superintendent. The survey will be available early next week on the district website, as well as paper copies which will be available in the district office. The district website will be the official information source regarding the superintendent search.

    This process will move quickly, and we are confident that we will find another great superintendent for our district. An official job listing will be posted on Monday, April 18th with deadlines and interview dates. The hiring of a new superintendent is always an exciting challenge and opportunity. New London-Spicer is an incredible school district and community. A new leader will bring a new vision and new ideas to the district, and the district will remain strong under this new direction.
    We are confident we will be able to find an excellent fit for NLS.

    To submit questions regarding this process, please click here. 

    Thank you,

    The New London-Spicer School Board

STAKEHOLDER SURVEY & REPORT

  • An anonymous public survey was available for all NLS stakeholders from April 18, 2022 to April 28th, 2022. Hard copies were also available at the district office. MSBA summarized and provided an overview of the responses to the School Board on May 5, 2022. Please take a moment to review the New London-Spicer Stakeholder Report

MSBA Superintendent Search Q & A 

  • Superintendent Search Q & A with MSBA was held on Tuesday, April 26 at 4 p.m. 
    Were you unable to join us live? Watch the recording of the session here. 
    Contact Barb Dorn, MSBA Director of Leadership Development and Executive Search, at 507-508-5501 with any questions. Thank you for your interest and participation in the superintendent search process!

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