BOLD narrows superintendent search to two

Four candidates were interviewed by BOLD School Board members on Tuesday. Two candidates will come back for a second interview on Thursday.

BOLD Superintendent Finalists May 2021 v2.jpg
Jim Menton, the high school principal in the BOLD School District , and Patrick Beiermann, an assistant elementary principal in the Willmar Public School District, are the finalists to be the next BOLD superintendent. They both are scheduled for a second interview Thursday night. West Central Tribune graphic

OLIVIABOLD School District board members have narrowed their superintendent search to two finalists.

After interviewing four candidates on Tuesday, school board members agreed to bring back two of the candidates for a second interview on Thursday.

Board members will interview Jim Menton, BOLD High School principal, at 6 pm. Thursday and Patrick Beiermann, assistant elementary principal for Willmar Public Schools, at 7:15 p..m. Thursday.

Along with the two, school board members interviewed Cori Reynolds, community education director for Brainerd Public Schools, and John Willey, superintendent/principal for the Ellsworth School District, on Tuesday afternoon.

Board members invited community members from the district to participate in the interview process.


School board members are seeking a successor to Superintendent Dale Brandsoy, who will be retiring from a 38-year career in education at the end of June.

Dale Brandsoy, BOLD Superintendent.jpg
Dale Brandsoy, BOLD School District Superintendent

What To Read Next
In split 5-2 votes, Willmar City Council approved accepting a grant to construct an outdoor fitness court and applying for an Age-Friendly Minnesota Community grant.
The administration is bringing back an Obama-era decision, later reversed by Trump, that bans new mineral leases on 225,500 acres of the Superior National Forest for the next two decades.
A 15-year-old male suffered what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries after a crash reported Wednesday night to the Minnesota State Patrol. The driver, a 19-year-old male, was not injured.
Sticker shock over the estimated cost to replace the 1967 office of the Yellow Medicine County Highway Department — construction costs are estimated at $295 per square foot — have led the County Board to move cautiously.