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Perham-Dent School Board chooses new superintendent finalists

The Perham-Dent School Board has chosen a new set of finalists for the superintendent positions.

Mitch Anderson of Detroit Lakes and David Fjeldheim of Sebeka have been selected as the board's second set of finalists. The board initially offered the position to Mike Kolness of Ada-Borup, who was chosen from a group of five finalists. Kolness turned down the position.

Neither Fjeldheim nor Anderson was included in the board's initial list of five finalists. After Kolness passed, the board decided to post the position again.

Interviews for the two final candidates will be held Wednesday, May 4. Members of the public are also invited to attend a meet and greet with the candidates that day from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. at Prairie Winds Middle School.

David Fjeldheim

David Fjeldheim has educational experience ranging from his position as a driver education instructor to a superintendent and high school principal.

Since 2004, Fjeldheim has served as the superintendent and K-12 principal for Sebeka Public Schools. Prior to this position, he worked as a junior high and senior high principal and career counselor for Lakeview Public School district in Cottonwood, Minn. He also worked as a junior and senior high principal and athletic director at Eureka Public Schools in Eureka, SD following his 10 years of experiencing as a secondary classroom teacher in Herreid, SD., where he taught industrial arts/technology and driver education. He also coached basketball and track for junior and senior high school teams.

Fjeldheim graduated first from Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD with a bachelor's degree in industrial art education. He later returned to Northern State University to get his Master of Science in secondary school administration. In 2000, he attended the University of Minnesota and earned a K-12 principal licensure. His superintendent licensure was earned through St. Cloud State University in 2005.

Outside of his work in the schools, Fjeldheim is a trustee on the Tri-County Hospital Board of Directors and is president of the Sebeka Economic Development Authority. His volunteer work has also included time on the M State Foundation Board, Sebeka Clinic Advisory Board, among other collaboratives.

Mitch Anderson

Mitch Anderson started his career as a teacher and coach and wound up as a superintendent and principal.

Anderson currently works within the Wauben-Ogema-White Earth School District as the superintendent and elementary school principal, a combined position. While he's held that position since 2008, his work started at Wauben-Ogema-White Earth in 2006, when he was hired on as the elementary principal. Before moving into the administrative world, he was a teacher and coach with the Becker Public School District, a position he held from 1998-2006. His coaching experience included football, basketball, volleyball and track and field.

His college background started in 1993 at St. Cloud State University, where he completed his undergraduate coursework. He later transferred to Concordia College, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in elementary education, with a minor in coaching. His Master of Science in education was earned through Hamline University in 2003. In 2005, he returned to St. Cloud State University to earn his certificate in education administration and leadership, completing license requirements in the K-12 principal and district superintendent areas.

Throughout Anderson's career, he's been selected as the Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) District 30 Administrator of the Year and has served on the MASA Executive Development Committee. Internally, he's worked on the Buildings and Ground Committee and Title VII Indian Education Committee with the Wauben-Ogema-White Earth School District.