Superintendent to be chosen this week

Community Editor

The Forest Lake Area School Board expects to select the school district’s next superintendent at its April 20 board meeting. That decision will come after a round of interviews with three finalists on April 19 (after press time).

After initially working with the Minnesota School Board Association to promote the job opening, which will replace current Superintendent Linda Madsen when she retires in July, the board received 30 applications.

During the first week of April, board members scrutinized those applications and eventually identified six candidates who they felt met their expectations. The board met April 8 to discuss the choices, review applicants’ information and determine finalists.

Included in the first-round interview process on April 10 and 11 were Randi Anderson, director of personalized learning and instruction, Eden Prairie Schools; John-Paul Jacobson, principal, Century Junior High School, Forest Lake Area Schools; Steven Massey, principal, Forest Lake Area Senior High School; Steven Sallee, superintendent, St. Louis County Schools, Virginia, Minnesota; Christine Weymouth, superintendent, School District of Mauston, Wisconsin; and Gregory Winter, director of teaching and learning, Cambridge-Isanti Schools.

From there, the board narrowed the candidate pool to three.

Massey, Jacobson and Winter were interviewed April 19 by both staff members and the School Board. Some readers of The Times will see this article before the interviews occur. If members of the public wish to attend the interviews, the staff interviews will take place in the high school’s media center, with Massey being interviewed from 4:40-5:20 p.m., Jacobson from 5:40-6:20 p.m. and Winter from 6:40-7:20 p.m. Interviews with the School Board will take place at the district office, with Massey from 5:35-6:35 p.m., Jacobson from 6:40-7:40 p.m., and Winter from 7:45-8:45 p.m.

An official contract could be signed as early as May 1.