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School Board Members of Independent School District 728 selected an interim superintendent candidate in on August 8, 2016 after an interview processes held at the district offices.
The board tapped former St. Cloud School District Superintendent Bruce Watkins to take the reins for the upcoming school year, with Watkins beginning August 9, 2016 and contracted through June 30, 2017
Watkins served at District 742’s headman from 2004 through 2008, and again from 2010 through 2013. Over the last couple of years he’s been working in the St. Paul area, serving as executive director of the Nova Classical Academy in 2014-2015 and last year working on an extensive teacher evaluation project for the St. Paul Conservatory.
Watkins started his educational career, which spans more than four decades, in Proctor, where he was a teacher and principal. He also served as the Director of School Operations/Assistant to the Superintendent in the Duluth School District.
An involved community member, Bruce has been part of the United Way of Central Minnesota, The Local Educational Activities Foundation, Reach-Up and other volunteer groups. He's currently part of the Board of Directors for Partner for Student Success, an organization that encourages student/community collaboration to increase student achievement.
Bruce said he “felt a connection with the [school] board” during his interview process, and really appreciated the ISD 728 “sense of community” and the pride people have in local schools.