The Bismarck School Board plans to explore the process for hiring an interim superintendent to lead Bismarck Public Schools.

The school board held a special meeting Wednesday morning to discuss the superintendent search. Last week, Superintendent Tamara Uselman announced her resignation, which is effective June 30.

Board President Karl Lembke said board members, while not yet making a final decision, agreed to consider filling the position with an interim — a decision due to the short time frame for finding a replacement.

Lembke pointed to other districts in the state with superintendent openings — including Grand Forks, which this week selected a new superintendent — who are months into their searches and close to selecting finalists.

An interim superintendent would likely be selected to serve over next school year, and, this upcoming fall, the search for a permanent superintendent would begin.

"It’s good to note that this is a huge decision, and it means everything to our district, and if that means we have to wait until the fall to start a real, permanent (search) and get the best applicant pool we can, then we need to take that time to do that," Lembke said.

The interim superintendent's salary was not discussed Wednesday, according to Lembke. The school board also is discussing whether to hire a consultant.

Lembke said he hopes that by next week board members will finalize the decision on whether to hire an interim superintendent, and then move forward with the selection process.

(Reach Blair Emerson at 701-250-8251 or Blair.Emerson@bismarcktribune.com)