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Superintendent candidates announced

Six candidates have confirmed interviews this month with the Pequot Lakes School Board. Now that the candidates agreed to the interviews, their names are public, Pequot Lakes School Board Chair Valarie Wallin said.

Those six, in no particular order, are Brian Koslofsky, Rick Bleichner, Todd Lyscio, Dave Endicott, Chris Lindholm and Dan Parent. Parent will interview on March 25; the other five candidates will interview on March 14 beginning at 12:30 p.m.

The board named the candidates at a special meeting Monday, March 11.

Endicott is principal of Eagle View Elementary. Wallin said that the board will keep a level playing field among the candidates.

“We’re very excited he’s a candidate, but we’re also excited about other candidates,” Wallin said.

She noted that Lyscio has ties to area. Lyscio is executive director of the National Joint Powers Alliance in Staples.

Koslofsky is the superintendent of Bertha-Hewitt schools, and Lindholm is listed on the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District website as assistant superintendent. Parent is superintendent of Northland Community Schools, the Remer district. Bleichner is superintendent of Breckenridge, Minn. schools.

The board is still accepting applications for the position, which was vacated when current superintendent Rick Linnell submitted his resignation in November, with his last day being June 30.

The job posting will be open until March 18. Originally, the board had planned to end the posting on March 5. They had listed two years of superintendent experience as a qualification for the job, but the board received applications from candidates who they wanted to interview but lacked two years of experience.

In the interest of fairness, the job posting was left open and criteria changed to “superintendent experience preferred.”

Following the first round of interviews March 14, the board will look into any new resumes they’ve received and plan out a second round, Wallin said.

In other business Monday, the board chose its interview questions for the March 14 and 25 interviews, but not for the final interviews. Those questions are still private, Wallin said.