After interviewing four candidates at a special meeting open to the public on Monday, June 7, the Pequot Lakes School Board voted unanimously to offer the position of acting superintendent to Kurt Stumpf.
Stumpf is a graduate and former Pierz School District teacher and coach, then joined Little Falls Middle School as the dean of students before working at Sartell for seven years, four of which as the college principal. For the past two years he has worked as a superintendent in the Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton School District.
“As you know, as the superintendent of a small town, you wear a ton of different hats,” Stumpf said. “Between human resources and last year, I was the course director. I worked with finance and our COVID coordinator.
Stumpf made it clear in his interview that although this is a one-year position, he intends to apply for the full-time position once it is posted, likely towards the end of the year.
“While I love where I am and what I’m doing… I know jobs like this don’t come up very often,” Stumpf said. “I know nothing is promised, even if I am offered the job and I accept. It was made clear to me that your intention was to do a full search. I knew that initially, but I don’t need to tell you how great Pequot Lakes is.
He also hopes to get his doctorate next year.
The board also interviewed Tamara Schultz, Beth Borgen-Lindberg and Randy Hansen. Hansen previously held administrative positions in the Pequot Lakes School District.
However, the majority of board members listed Stumpf in their personal top two for the position, in part due to his experience as a superintendent during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We need to come back and develop relationships with our colleagues and students,” Stumpf said when asked what will require more attention within the school as the restrictions are lifted. “I don’t know what the staff at Pequot Lakes went through, but I do know that our staff (at Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton) have been exceptional. We have had K-6 in person throughout the school year, which is amazing, but our administration has done a lot of cool things to support teachers… Teachers need time to talk to each other, and it The same goes for students.
The district will now begin negotiations with Stumpf, with a finalized contract expected to be approved at a special meeting on Monday, June 14.