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St. Francis Area Schools
A PreK-12 public school district serving the communities of Athens Township, Andover, Bethel, East Bethel, Linwood Township, Nowthen, Oak Grove, St. Francis and Stanford Township

Superintendent Search

With the announcement that Superintendent Troy Ferguson will resign from his position effective June 30, 2019, the School Board of St. Francis Area Schools has entered into a search for a new superintendent.

Consultants from School Exec Connect have been contracted to assist with the search for a new superintendent.

The School Board requests input from stakeholders in this process which will provide valuable guidance in the search for a new superintendent. All stakeholders are invited to take a short survey to provide input. All replies will be confidential.

Click the button below to take the survey. Scroll through the information and click the DONE button at the end.

The survey closed September 28, 2018.

Click here for the job description for the superintendent position

Click here for a letter from the School Board of St. Francis Area Schools
September 14, 2018

Click here for the superintendent search timeline

Click here to view the New Superintendent Profile Report (October 2018)
Focus groups and online survey results

Public Meeting

On September 25, School Exec Connect consultants, Dr. David Clough and Dr. David Vick, met with staff and community members to discuss the challenges, strengths, goals of our district and what characteristics or skills would be needed for the next superintendent.


On December 3, the school board approved the candidates for the first round of interviews. There is a special school board meeting starting at 6:00 p.m.

On December 4, the school board conducted the first round of interviews. A special school board meeting was held and three finalists were selected.

Interviews are scheduled as follows:

After a full day of meeting with candidates for St. Francis Area Schools superintendent, the school board has selected three finalists.

Parents and community members have an opportunity to interview each finalist at special school board meetings, which will begin at 5 p.m. in the Community Room at the St. Francis Area Schools District Office. The schedule for the finalists is as follows:

  • Tuesday, December 11, Beth Geise
  • Wednesday, December 12, JP Jacobson
  • Thursday, December 13, Ryan Laager

Click here to read about the education and administrative experience for each candidate

The school board will interview a finalist each day at 7:30 p.m. After the last interview, a decision will be made.


On December 4, the School Board of St. Francis Area Schools conducted the first round of interviews for superintendent. Three finalists were selected. On December 13, the School Board held a special meeting and approved the following resolution:

BE IT RESOLVED that the School Board of Independent School District 15 enter into superintendent contract negotiations with Beth Giese to negotiate a contract to commence on July 1, 2019.

A superintendent contract will be acted on at a future school board meeting (proposed January 14, 2019).

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