ST. CLOUD - The St. Cloud Area School Board has chosen a search firm, to look for the district's next superintendent.

The company "School Exec Connect" will be paid $19,500, plus expenses not to exceed $3,500.

The district needs to have a new superintendent in place by the middle of next year.  Current superintendent Bruce Watkins is planning to retire at the end of June.  Watkins was with the district from 2004 through 2008, he then came out of retirement in 2010 and has been with the district since then.