Superintendent Search


NRCSA operates the Superintendent Search Service as part of our commitment to maintaining the vitality of rural schools and communities.


Why NRCSA…Finding the right Superintendent for your rural school and community is one of the most important tasks a Board of Education will ever undertake. Fortunately, you can have a partner at your side with more than 35 years experience in serving the needs of rural community schools: NRCSA. Why choose NRCSA? 


  • Since 1980, NRCSA has represented Nebraska’s rural community schools.  We understand rural schools, the Boards and Superintendents that lead them, and the rural communities they serve. 
  • NRCSA’s focus is solely on rural schools and communities.  They are the reason we exist and we are dedicated as an organization to serving them effectively.
  • NRCSA understands rural school leadership.  Our consultants are former rural community school Superintendents.   They know what it takes to be an educational leader, working with their boards of education, in a Nebraska community.
  • NRCSA isn’t done when your Superintendent search is completed.  We’ll work with the new Superintendent and Board to bring about a smooth transition.


Our Consultants… NRCSA’s Superintendent search consultants are experienced rural school Superintendents and community leaders.  


  • Alan Harms served 33 years as a teacher, coach, Principal, and Superintendent in northeast Nebraska schools, including Snyder, Coleridge, and Wisner-Pilger.  His many awards include the MetLife Nebraska High School Principal of the Year in 2000.  A local businessman and community leader, he was named Wisner’s 2013 Citizen of the Year.
  • Jim Havelka spent 27 years as a Superintendent in NRCSA schools, including Rising City, Howells, Dodge, and North Bend. He’s a past president of NRCSA and its 2009 Superintendent of the Year.
  • Fred Helmink spent 36 years as a teacher, coach, and administrator in a number of Nebraska schools including Norris, Geneva, Polk, Gothenburg, Beatrice, and his final 13 as the Fairbury superintendent.  He is a past president of the NRCSA organization and was also served as chair of the NRCSA legislative committee.
  • Cynthia Huff spent 30 years as a teacher, coach, Principal and Superintendent in Nebraska rural schools, including Trenton, Culbertson, Stratton, and Wood River.  She is a past Executive Board member of NRCSA and received the 2013 University of Nebraska at Kearney Leaders in Education and Service Award. 

  • Max Kroger served as an Administrator for 27 years at Big Springs, South Platte, and Ord. He served on the Executive Committee and as Past President of NRCSA. Max was appointed to the School Finance Review Committee by Governor Ben Nelson, served on the NRCSA Legislative Committee, and was on advisory committees for Senator Raikes and Senator Adams. He was elected and served two terms on the NSAA Board of Directors.
  • Robin Stevens spent 40 years in education as a teacher, coach, and administrator, including 13 years as Superintendent of Schuyler Community Schools, a long-time NRCSA member.  His experiences not only focus on rural schools, but also on cultural diversity. 


What Services Will NRCSA Provide?  The phases of a NRCSA Superintendent Search include working with board of education clients on:


  • Comprehensive planning with the Board, staff, and community
  • Recruiting and screening applicants
  • Selecting finalists
  • Interviewing and selecting the right candidate
  • Transition services


What Does It Cost?   NRCSA’s base fee is $5,250 for member districts; $6,000 for non-members districts.  There are limited expenses for advertising and consultant travel to your district that will be added to the base fee.  Some optional services are available. 


For Further Information…Contact Dr. Jon Habben, Executive Director, at (402) 440-4378 or




Current Superintendent Vacancies in Districts Using the NRCSA Search Service




District Website

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Litchfield Public Schools

Superintendent of Schools


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St. Edward Public Schools

 Superintendent of Schools


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Stapleton Public Schools

Superintendent of Schools


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McPherson County Schools

Superintendent of Schools


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*Click on the school name in the table above to be shown a detailed description of the school district and its vacancy annoucement. You may also click on the school website in the table to be taken to that district's website.

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