During Monday night’s meeting, the School Board approved a slate of candidates to interview for the position of superintendent.  School Exec Connect led the nationwide search for the district’s leader. The initial pool of sixteen applicants included ten from Minnesota, two from Iowa and Wisconsin, one from Wyoming, and one from Missouri.  The search firm narrowed the pool down to eight for initial interviews. Those interviews start immediately, and will be held Tuesday May 5 and Wednesday May 6.  

While the structure of the interview process is the same, selecting a new superintendent during a public health crisis means it looks and feels different.  The first-round interviews will be conducted virtually by the School Board.  The final round will be a hybrid of in-person interviews with the board and virtual meetings with staff, student, and community stakeholders. 

The slate of candidates, and their interview times, are as follows:

Tuesday, May 5

  • 5:00 p.m. – Dr. Jeff Ridlehoover, Assistant Superintendent, Mounds View Public Schools
  • 6:10 p.m. – Ron Wagner, Associate Superintendent, Minneapolis Public Schools
  • 7:20 p.m. – Lisa Sayles-Adams, Assistant Superintendent, North St. Paul – Maplewood – Oakdale Public Schools
  • 8:30 p.m. –  Dr. Michael Funk, Superintendent, Albert Lea Public Schools

Wednesday, May 6

  • 5:00 p.m. – Jeff Holmberg, Assistant Superintendent, Prior Lake Public Schools
  • 6:10 p.m. – Dr. Mark Bezek, Superintendent, Somerset (WI) Public Schools
  • 7:20 p.m. – Kristine Wehrkamp, Executive Director, Robbinsdale Public Schools
  • 8:30 p.m. – Dr. Ryan Laager, Superintendent, Belle Plaine Public Schools

The board will deliberate following the last candidate interview on May 6, and determine the finalists for the position.  Audio of the interviews will be livestreamed, and the public is invited to listen to them here: https://vimeo.com/user43334503.

Finalist interviews are scheduled the week of May 11.  The community will have the opportunity to virtually “meet” the candidates, ask questions, and provide feedback to the Board from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. on May 11, May 13, and, if needed, May 14.  Instructions for how to access these virtual meetings will be provided once the finalists are named. 

After all interviews are completed the board will deliberate with the intent of naming Eastern Carver County Schools’ next superintendent.  The new superintendent will start July 1.

As Board Chair Ross communicated late last month, “The district has a clear direction, and our commitment to personalized learning and helping each learner achieve their personal best is unwavering. We know who we are as a district and where we are headed, and we will find the most qualified individual to lead our great district.”