Mike Odello, Jennifer Goodnough and Anthony Ekren, along with the Minnesota School Board Association's executive search service , will lead the search for new superintendent of Morris Area Schools.

Superintendent Rick Lahn will retire on June 30. The school board approved its search committee and the hiring of the MSBA during the Jan. 22 school board meeting. Lahn's retirement was also formally approved.

The district used the MSBA when it hired Lahn four years ago. The board was also ready to work with the MSBA when Lahn submitted his retirement in December 2017. Lahn and the board rescinded his planned retirement in January 2018.

Board chairwoman Robyn VanEps said MSBA was the less expensive option of other consultants considered for prior district superintendent searches.

MSBA was also successful, school board member Doug Stahman said.

MSBA helps the school district find candidates for superintendent. The search committee reviews candidates provided by the MSBA. The process results in finalists to be interviewed and the selection of a new superintendent.

VanEps said the MSBA will prepare a profile of the school district for prospective superintendent candidates.

Stahman said the district should attract a lot of interest from potential candidates. He heard from various attendees at last week's school board conference in Minneapolis that Morris Area should attract good candidates for a school superintendent.