The Proctor School Board voted to select Kerry Juntunen, former superintendent, Hermantown, as the district’s new superintendent during a special meeting March 3. The vote was unanimous.
“We believe Kerry Juntunen has the qualifications and skills to move the school district forward. We look forward to working with Kerry Juntunen in his new capacity,” said Jennifer McDonald, Board Chair.
Juntunen was selected following a second round of interviews over Melinda Crowley, Superintendent of Red Lake and Donita Stepan, Superintendent Thief River Falls.
Fourteen people were in attendance to hear the 10 questions each candidate was asked.
Juntunen, who will replace John Engelking, started with Hermantown in 1999 as a fifth grade teacher. He served as a sixth grade teacher; middle school dean of students; director of curriculum and assessment; and middle school principal before becoming superintendent. In 2020 he was named Administrator of Excellence by the Minnesota Association of School Administrators. He retired in June of that year.
Juntunen was credited with finishing its facilities project on time and on budget, began construction on a new learning center and partnered with the city of Hermantown for the new wellness center.
The School Board will be conducting contract negotiations with Kerry Juntunen, and a contract is expected to be approved by the School Board at the March 14 school board meeting.
For more information read the March 10 edition of the Proctor Journal.