Superintendent Search 2021

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Superintendent Search Update:

Rick Ellingworth has signed our contract to become our interim superintendent for the 2021-2022 school year.  The contract was officially approved by the board at the school board meeting on 5-24-2021.  

Rick will start at the beginning of the next fiscal school year July 1st 2021.  He will spend some time with current Superintendent Greg Schmidt in June to get up to speed before Greg's last day. 

Rick will be here on a 90% contract (4days), but he doesn't consider himself an interim, and will work as if he is a permanent superintendent.





The school board met and made the decision to hire an interim Superintendent for the next school year 2021-2022.

Please stay tuned for additional information about this topic to come from the Board of Directors.



From School Board Chair, Cory Thorsland


I received a phone call this morning from Ivan Hirst, who informed me that he was turning down our offer to become our next superintendent, and was accepting a position in Fergus Falls.  

The board, along with MSBA, will be determining next steps in our search for our next leader. 

More information will be shared, as soon as those next steps are identified. 

Thank you

Cory Thorsland



Lac qui Parle Valley ISD #2853 School Board

Selects New Superintendent


Madison, MN — At a special board meeting on April 12, 2021, the Lac qui Parle Valley School Board voted to select Ivan Hirst, HS Principal/AD, Roseau Public School as the district’s new superintendent.



The school board will be conducting contract negotiations with Ivan, and a contract is expected to be approved by the School Board at the April 26, 2021 regular school board meeting.  


The pending start date for Ivan Hirst will be July 1, 2021.




The Superintendent search continues tonight with the second round of interviews with the three finalists.

Come watch in person at the high school media center, or watch them via livestream,

Ivan Hirst, Roseau, MN: 4:35pm

Susan Burris-St.Cloud, MN: 5:50pm

Brennan Kent-Benson, MN: 7:05pm






Six semi-finalists selected. Read more in the following press release.




Please click here for the position vacancy brochure.


Search Timeline

  • Announce Vacancy February 16, 2021
  • Application Deadline March 23, 2021
  • Applicant Screening March 24 - 31, 2021
  • First Round Interviews April 5 and 7, 2021
  • Second Round Interviews April 12, 2021 (Beginning at 4:35 pm Brennan Kent, Susan Burris, Ivan Hirst)
  • Approve Contract Mid-April, 2021
  • Superintendent Begins July 1, 2021



Official List of Special Meeting Notices/Postings

Vacancy Brochure

Paper Survey English

Paper Survey Spanish

Online Survey Link English

Online Survey Link Spanish

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