Superintendent Olson underwent a rigorous interview process before being selected as the Superintendent for ISD 318. Throughout the selection process, the School Board worked with the recruiting firm School Exec Connect. School Exec put together a list of candidate characteristics with input from the Board, staff, and the community. 

Six semi-finalists in the Superintendent Search were chosen from a candidate pool of 22 applicants. The School Board will met with those over two days for interviews. Of the six, three finalists were chosen for a second round of interviews. 

The finalists participated in a full day of interviews, meeting in focus groups with principals, district administration, high school students, support staff, teachers, and community members, before a final interview each evening with the School Board. Participants in the focus groups spent an hour with each candidate asking questions about their background, experience, and philosophy. Feedback forms from each focus group were provided to Board members and helped the School Board make a final decision at the end of the week.