Clint Christopher during a school tour Dec. 7.

Clint Christopher during a school tour Dec. 7.

Eastern Carver County School Board agreed unanimously to enter into negotiations with Clint Christopher for superintendent effective July 1, 2017. The selection of Christopher, who currently is the district’s associate superintendent, concludes a rigorous process that started with six candidates. Two finalists conducted day-long interviews on Dec. 5 and 7 that included staff, student and community meetings and nearly two hours answering School Board members’ specific questions.

Josh Swanson, assistant superintendent with Eden Prairie Public Schools, was interviewed on Monday. The board concluded Christopher’s interview this evening and then discussed the merits of both candidates before making its final decision.

“Mr. Christopher is an exceptional leader and the right person to continue Eastern Carver County Schools’ progress to personalize learning for each student,” said School Board Chair Lisa Anderson. “We have a track record of excellence in this district and Clint has the experience, skills and aptitude to move our schools to even higher levels of student achievement.”

Earlier this year, Superintendent Jim Bauck announced plans to retire on June 30 which started the search process for the district’s next superintendent. Tonight, board members discussed the importance of conducting a search and said the competitive selection process gave the board assurance that Christopher, without a doubt, is the best possible person to lead Eastern Carver County Schools.

The next six months provides time for Bauck and Christopher to work together on a seamless transition.