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Grand Forks Schools superintendent to receive positive review in last evaluation as district's leader

The head of Grand Forks Public Schools is set to receive positive feedback in what likely will be his last evaluation for the district. The Superintendent's Evaluation Committee for the School Board unanimously approved on Tuesday a draft of Larr...

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Larry Nybladh

The head of Grand Forks Public Schools is set to receive positive feedback in what likely will be his last evaluation for the district.

The Superintendent's Evaluation Committee for the School Board unanimously approved on Tuesday a draft of Larry Nybladh's evaluation, which will go to the School Board next week for final approval. Nybladh announced in September his retirement, which will be effective June 30.

The committee worked off a November evaluation that gave Nybladh a favorable review. Tuesday's session in forming the evaluation gave him satisfactory marks and noted his continued leadership and his efforts to keep state policymakers informed on the needs and status of the district, among other comments.

Committee member Cynthia Shabb suggested adding to the evaluation a line about calling for the superintendent being more visible, a concern she said she has heard from multiple residents and that came out in public forums regarding the superintendent search. Nybladh's visibility has improved since the November evaluation, she said.

"This is one area that I still think has room for growth," he said. "I know it is not always possible. People just want to see the superintendent."

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The school district has improved in getting more information out to the public through its website and social media, Shabb said.

Last month, the School Board chose Terry Brenner, director of curriculum, instruction, assessment and professional development for the district, to succeed Nybladh.

Nybladh's annual salary is $231,210. A committee met last week in a closed meeting to discuss negotiations for Brenner's salary, but no action was taken.

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