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In a letter dated Sept. 20, 2021, New Richmond School District Administrator Patrick Olson announced that he would be resigning his position effective June 30. 

Olson left his position as superintendent of the Prairie Farm School District in 2015 to take over the reins in New Richmond. 

Following its Dec. 21 meeting, the School Board announced that it had selected Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA) to facilitate the search for the district’s next administrator.

From an initial field of seven firms with local, regional and national search resumes, the board invited three firms to make presentations, and two accepted. 

Following their presentations, District HR Director Holly Butler contacted references, superintendents and school boards who had used the firms to conduct searches recently.

Based on Butler's research and interviews with representatives from both firms, the board elected to hire HYA.  

“They were well polished, knowledgeable and professional, not to mention "highly" recommended by those districts recently served. We are excited to move forward and confident HYA will help the Board and our community in selecting only the very best to serve as our next Superintendent,” School Board President Bryan Schafer said.

Headquartered in Schaumburg, Illinois, HYA is one of the most experienced and respected search firms in the country having assisted more than 1,500 school boards find talented leadership in school systems across the nation.

HYA associates Mike Richie and Pat Neudecker will be leading the search for Olson’s replacement. Between them, they have 40 years of superintendent experience serving in Wisconsin.

“New Richmond is no different than many districts across Wisconsin and the United States looking for superintendents. Wisconsin currently has 30 openings for superintendents and this number will significantly increase by the start of the 2022-23 school year in September. We continue to receive quality applicants and we are confident that we will find a strong leader for New Richmond,” Richie said. 

It is anticipated the search process will take three to four months. Schafer expects the search to begin in earnest this month, starting with meeting with HYA, establishing a timeline and posting the job opportunity. 

Tom Lindfors is a western Wisconsin freelance journalist and former Star-Observer reporter. Contact him at

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