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Plan to find new Mpls. superintendent will be decided next week


After a monthslong superintendent search process that led to unearthed abuse allegations from the preferred candidate's past, and resulted in the board moving on to start anew, Minneapolis Public Schools will vote next week on how exactly to go at it again.

The Minneapolis Public Schools Board of Education will vote on a new superintendent search process next during a Feb. 16 meeting.

The board's chair, Jenny Arneson, released a letter titled "Let's move forward together," in which she said they've spent "significant time" figuring out what went wrong – and what went right – during the previous search.

The hope is to have a new superintendent chosen by the summer.

That previous search ended with three finalists for the job, and the board quickly voted Sergio Paez as its preferred candidate. Days later, a report came out alleging there was abuse at a a school in Holyoke, Massachusetts, while Paez was superintendent for that district.

The school board suspended contract talks with Paex while it investigated further, and Paez himself continued to publicly lobby for the job.

In January, the board opted to move on from Paez and look for another candidate.

Shortly after they moved on from Paez, the board discussed possible tweaks to the discovery process.

What will that process be?

According to Arneson's letter, it will add an outside search team to help find and evaluate candidates, then work with the board to narrow them down.

"Once finalists are chosen, much like in the original process, we will incorporate ample opportunity for the community to get to know the finalists and offer perceptions to the Board," the letter says.

There will also be "ample opportunity for the community" to weigh in, the letter says.

Minneapolis Public Schools serves 35,356 students across 76 different schools. The student body is diverse – 37 percent African America, 33 percent white, 19 percent Hispanic American, and 7 percent Asian American.

Students and their families speak 96 different languages.

You can find more on the superintendent selection process here.

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