A principal, a teacher and a barbershop owner will be among those helping the Minneapolis school board select its next superintendent.
The school board selected six community members, including one student, to serve on a committee that will vet applicants for the job.
Community members who will serve on the committee are: Rebecca Miller, a district teacher; Rhonda Larkin, principal at Stadium View; Joseph Rice, executive director of Nawayee Center School school; Teto Wilson, a barbershop owner in north Minneapolis; Henry Jimenez, executive director of Minnesota Council of Latino Affairs; and Collin George Robinson, a sophomore at Southwest High School.
They were selected from over 150 applicants, according to the district’s consultant, Radious Guess.
“It’s very heartening that there are 150 people that want to get us to a strong superintendent,” said Jenny Arneson, the board’s chairwoman.
The board initially rejected Guess’ first recommended slate because it did not include a community member from southwest Minneapolis.
The board also voted for board members Kim Ellison and Siad Ali to serve on the selection committee in addition to the committee’s chair, board member Nelson Inz.
Along with the district’s search firm, the committee will vet up to 10 candidates and recommend up to three finalists to the board in May.
The new superintendent search comes after the board initially chose Sergio Paez of Massachusetts last December, but rescinded its offer after complaints came to light about a school in his previous district.