The following is a Superintendent Leadership Profile Report compiled by Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates. The consulting firm met with district staff virtually and surveyed staff, students, and community members. This was presented to the school board on Oct. 25.
Here is the timeline for the remainder of the superintendent search:
Jan. 3, 2022: Application and screening process concludes
Jan. 7-8, 2022: Board interviews candidates
Jan. 20-21, 2022: Board interviews semifinalists
Jan. 22, 2022: Board selects their preferred candidate
July 1, 2022: New superintendent begins
January 3, 2022
Six candidates for the role of next Faribault Public Schools Superintendent were announced at a special school board meeting Monday, Jan. 3
The six candidates are Red Wing Superintendent Karsten Anderson, Faribault High School Principal Jamie Bente, Kenyon-Wannamingo Superintendent Bryan Boysen, Clear Creek-Amana Community School District (Iowa) interim Superintendent Joe Brown, Faribault Public Schools Community Education Director Dr. Anne Marie Leland, and Minneapolis Public Schools associate Superintendent Ron Wagner.
Interviews that start at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 7 and 9 a.m. Jan. 8 will be followed by a session with Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates consultant Ted Blaesing to narrow the field to three finalists. All meetings are open to the public.
You can watch the interviews live on our YouTube page
January 8, 2022
Faribault School Board members selected Red Wing superintendent Karsten Anderson, Faribault High School principal Jamie Bente, and Clear Creek-Amana interim superintendent Joe Brown as the three finalists. The board noted that they were impressed with all six candidates.
The three finalists will tour the district, meet with directors and with a group of residents, staff and students on Jan. 20.
January 24, 2022
On Monday, the school board voted 6-0 to approve FHS principal Jamie Bente as their preferred candidate for next superintendent of Faribault Public Schools. Bente has accepted the position and will begin as superintendent on July 1, pending a successful contract negotiation, background check and completion of his superintendent licensure.
Bente has over 20 years of experience in education since he graduated from the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio, in 2000 with a degree in history and secondary education. He served as a social studies teacher and dean of students during his 11 years at Richfield Public Schools. During that time, he earned his Masters degree in educational leadership and administration from St. Mary’s University. Bente came to Faribault in 2013 and served as assistant principal at Faribault High School for three years before becoming principal in 2016. He was named Southeast Minnesota Principal of the Year in 2019.
“I’m honored and humbled to be chosen to serve as the next superintendent of Faribault Public Schools. It’s exciting to be given this opportunity to continue to serve the wonderful staff, students and families I’ve gotten to know here in Faribault,” Bente said. “With my nine years of experience in this district, I believe I have a good understanding of the many great things we have going and the areas where we can continue to improve so that we can meet the needs of every single student.”
Todd Sesker has served as superintendent since 2011. He plans to help Bente transition into his new role over the next few months.
“I would like to congratulate Jamie Bente on being selected as the next superintendent. I am confident that the transition for Mr. Bente to the superintendency will go very well. The Minnesota Association of School Administrators will also provide resources to help Mr. Bente, along with superintendents in the area,” Sesker said. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time serving as superintendent and am confident Jamie will keep the district moving in a positive direction.”