After a two-night interview process, the Eastern Carver County Schools Board of Directors has named three finalists for the position of superintendent.   The board interviewed eight candidates in the first round.  Those finalists are:

Dr. Ryan Laager
Superintendent, Belle Plaine Schools

Dr. Jeff Ridlehoover
Assistant Superintendent, Mounds View Public Schools

Lisa Sayles-Adams
Assistant Superintendent, North St. Paul – Maplewood – Oakdale Public Schools

“We had a very impressive pool to choose from,” Board Chair Dr. Jeff Ross said.  “I am grateful to each of the eight for their interest and their time.  We are excited about our finalists, and look forward to learning more about them, and getting feedback from students, staff, and our community, next week.”

Each candidate will spend a full day in the district, spending time both virtually and in-person with various groups before final interviews are held with the Board from 7:30 – 8:30 in the evening.  Those interviews will be live-streamed. Deliberations are scheduled to begin after interviews conclude.

Community Forums

Members of the community are invited to meet the candidates remotely, ask questions, and provide feedback to the Board via a short survey. This is an important part of the Board’s process as they make their decision.  The public is also invited to tune in via live-stream and watch the candidate’s final interviews with the Board.

Monday, May 11, Dr. Jeff Ridlehoover

Wednesday, May 13, Dr. Ryan Laager

Thursday, May 14, Ms. Lisa Sayles-Adams

Sayles-Adams Resume

Deliberations are scheduled to begin after interviews conclude with a decision expected by the end of the week.

Questions about how to participate should be directed to Celi Haga, Director of Communications and Community Relations, at or 952-556-6121.