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West Fargo School Board not ready to decide if outside firm needed to find new leader

West Fargo Public Schools Superintendent David Flowers announces he will retire this summer during a press conference at the Leidal Education Center in West Fargo on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. David Samson / The Forum

WEST FARGO—The West Fargo School Board will decide next month if it will hire a consulting firm to help find a new superintendent to replace David Flowers, who is retiring June 30.

"I'll always value my time in this district," Flowers said Monday. "There comes a time—I've been a superintendent for more than 20 years—that you need to do something different."

Although district officials have said a national search would begin to find Flowers' replacement, the board did not take action Monday to proceed with a hiring process.

Instead, Board President Kara Gravely-Stack said the board's governance committee would discuss the issue at its January meeting and return to the board with a recommendation to hire a consulting firm or perform the search process internally.

Flowers and Human Resources Director Robin Hill will put together a list of pros and cons of hiring a consulting firm to help search for a new superintendent.

Hill said when Flowers was hired in 2010, the hiring process was done internally without the help of a consulting firm.

"We should be aware of the fee of a national firm that would be charged for a national selection process," said Board Member Allan Skramstad. "It won't come cheap."

Flowers said he can help the board determine a hiring process, but he will not have any input on individual candidates.

"I'm willing to consult about processes, not persons," Flowers said.

Wendy Reuer

Wendy reports for The Forum and West Fargo Pioneer, where she is also assistant editor. A University of Minnesota Morris graduate from North Dakota, Wendy started her career in television news and entertainment in Minnesota and at CBS in Television City, Calif. before working at newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota. 

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