The search is on for a new school superintendent in Advance. Stan Seiler, the district’s leader for six years, announced his early retirement a week ago for health and family reasons. Seiler expressed gratitude to parents, members of the community, teachers, district staff and his family. President of the Advance School Board until he lost in the April 5 election, David Kennedy, who served on the board committee that hired Seiler, admitted to discord in the community before Seiler’s decision to leave, along with division in the board itself. During his time in the district, a new agriculture building was constructed, dual-credit courses became available in the high school, the graduation rate rose to 95.8 percent, average standardized test scores climbed to 94.8 percent, and a full-service preschool opened, among other accomplishments. Applications for superintendent are being accepted until April 19, with interviews the week of April 25. A tentative hire date is May 9, with a start date of July 1.