February 13, 2024

February 13, 2024

This email was sent to ISD 748 families and staff.


Hello ISD 748 families!

My name is Tricia Meling and I was elected the chair of the school board at our January 2024 organizational meeting. I have served for three years and look forward to serving you. My husband and I have five kids (one in each building this year!) and we have lived in the District for over 7.5 years.

Training recap
I wanted to provide a brief update about our search for a permanent superintendent. The application window for candidates will close today - February 13. Last week, school board members attended a training hosted by the Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA), our consultant for the superintendent search. At the February 8 interview training session, the school board reviewed the Stakeholder Summary Report (available here) and will continue to reference it throughout this entire process. A recording of the meeting is on our YouTube page (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjTlqBNoQao&t=4534s).

Stakeholder interest form 
Next week, I will email details about an additional opportunity for stakeholder input during final interviews on Monday, March 11. The group dynamic will be made up of parents/guardians, community members, and staff and will provide input via an online tool provided by MSBA and provided to school board members for review during our final deliberations. 

The estimated time commitment on March 11 will be approximately 4 hours and will depend upon how many candidates are interviewed, and stakeholders must commit to viewing all interviews of finalists in order to be eligible to participate. Please note: if you are not selected, you are still very much encouraged to attend the interviews.  

Public encouraged to attend interviews
The public is invited to attend the first and second round interviews. The in person only Interviews will begin at 4:15p at Sartell High School in Watab 101 and 102 on the following days:

  • Wednesday, March 6 - First round of interviews 
  • Thursday, March 7 - First round of interviews
  • Monday, March 11 - Second/final round of interviews

For additional details: 

  • Superintendent Search - www.isd748.org/superintendent_search
  • School Board Updates - To opt in to receive email notifications from Boardbook, please click this link and scroll to the bottom of the page to the "Subscribe" area. After successfully submitting an email address, there will be a confirmation email to indicate your notification preferences.

Please check your inbox next week for details from me about the Stakeholder interest form and process.

Thank you--

Tricia Meling
Sartell-St. Stephen School Board