The six candidates now will be interviewed by the members of the school board (today) Tuesday, Feb. 7 and Wednesday, Feb. 8. They are:
Mr. William L. Gronseth – Superintendent, Duluth Public Schools
Dr. Stephen C. Flisk – Deputy Chief of Schools, Minneapolis Public Schools
Dr. Michael S. Funk – Superintendent, Albert Lea Area Schools
Dr. Brenda S. Lewis – Assistant Superintendent, Rochester Public Schools
Dr. Daniel T. Bittman – Superintendent, Sauk Rapids-Rice School District
Dr. LaDarla L. Haws – Superintendent, Racine Unified School District (Wisconsin)
The board will narrow the field of candidates to two or three finalists. The finalists will be placed into an interview process that will include meetings with board members, staff, students and community members beginning Monday, Feb. 13, continuing on Wednesday, Feb. 15 and, if necessary, Thursday, Feb. 16.
The superintendent of schools position opened last June with the retirement of Dr. Mark Bezek. Bruce Watkins has been serving as the interim superintendent of ISD 728. He will complete his services June 30, 2017.
ISD 728 is working with School Exec Connect of the Twin Cities to find its next superintendent.