Williston, ND (KEYZ) Amidst reorganization, Williston Basin School District #7 adds another member to their administrative team.

Following a Special Meeting Thursday, June 30, the board for WBSD #7 announced the selection of Mr. Kevin Klassen to the position of Assistant Superintendent. Klassen will be joining the administrative team made up of newly hired Superintendent Dr. Richard Faidley and Assistant Superintendent Mrs. Lori Olson.

During it's June 13th meeting, the school board approved Dr. Faidley’s recommendation for a new organizational chart for the district which included a second assistant superintendent position to be filled internally.  The reorganization of administrative personnel resulted in a savings of $166,783.

A total of five applicants were received, from which Klassen was selected.

Of the selection, Dr. Faidley said "It was evident during the selection process that Kevin brings a wealth of experience.  He is student and staff centered, focused on developing relationships, and knowledgeable about leadership."

Klassen has served as principal for Rickard Elementary School since 2015 where he has earned a deep respect not only from his staff members but from the parents and students he serves as well as the community.  School Board President Chris Jundt said Klassen "has created a positive school culture during his tenure as Principal of Rickard Elementary that will be useful at the district level as we build upon our school culture across the district."  Prior to his time at Rickard, Klassen served as the Superintendent for Surrey Public School District #41.

For his part, Klassen shared that "[he's] very excited."  "I think there will be challenges moving forward but nothing we can't get through if we are committed to teamwork and perseverance."

Klassen's contract will begin on July 1, 2022.