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Nevis School narrows superintendent candidates down to two

The Nevis School District is one step closer to having a new superintendent.

On Wednesday, May 14 interview committees composed of school board members, individual community members, staff and students convened from 4:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. in order to interview the final candidates that could potentially replace current Superintendent Steve Rassier – who is set to retire at the end of this school year.

In the final stages of the search, the meetings narrowed down candidates from the pool of five that included Brian Phillips (Superintendent of Cleveland, Minn., Public Schools), Paula Foley (Interim Assistant Principal of Big Lake Middle School) and Greg Zender (Principal of Lake Ripley/Wagner Elementary of Litchfield) to ultimately settle on Greg Parks (Assistant Principal of Bemidji Middle School) and Shane Tappe (K-12 Principal of Ashby School District).

The final meeting of the search process will be held on Wednesday, May 21 at 4 p.m. Held in the high school media center and open to the public, the meeting’s main objective will be to decide on a new superintendent. Each candidate will be expected to do a 25-minute presentation on their assumed weaknesses and then be open to questioning from the school board.

“The plan is for a decision to be made (by the school board) that evening. Each candidate will need to do a presentation on ‘budget development’ and then be open to questions from the board. After these two presentations and interviews, the board will discuss and hopefully make a selection,” Rassier said.

School board chairman Ed Becker has been pleased with the overall search up to this point.

“I have been very pleased with the process so far. We’re getting to the point where the interview committee work will be done now, after setting up the profiles of the superintendent that we were looking for,” Becker said.

“It turned up some really good candidates. We were very pleased with the quality of candidates that showed up.”

Becker believes the district now has a good problem on their hands in deciding between two strong candidates in the final meeting.

“Either one of them are going to be excellent candidates and excellent for the job. I don’t know which way it will go yet, but that will be determined Wednesday,” Becker said.

Nick Longworth
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