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Public invited to meet superintendent candidates

The search for a new Pequot Lakes Schools superintendent will culminate Monday night, April 8, in a meeting for the public and final interviews in front of the school board.

An entire evening of events is slated April 8, beginning with presentations by each of the four finalist candidates at 3:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

The four finalists the school board has selected are, in no particular order, Chris Lindholm, Kevin Wellen, Dave Endicott and Brian Koslofsky.

Photos and a paragraph about each candidate were to be available on the district’s website as of Tuesday, April 2.

While each candidate gives a 15-minute presentation in the auditorium, the other three will be in the cafeteria to answer questions and meet with the public.

Candidate presentations will include an address to the audience and answers to predetermined questions.

Lindholm will present at 3:30 p.m., Wellen at 3:50 p.m., Endicott at 4:10 p.m. and Koslofsky at 4:30 p.m.

Information from the board states that anyone who attends is encouraged to complete a feedback form, either on paper or at computer stations in the cafeteria, from 3:30-4:50 p.m.

After the presentations and meet and greet in the cafeteria, the board will conduct its final interviews for each of the four finalists. Those will be held in the Gathering Room, beginning at 5 p.m., and are open to the public.

Lindholm’s interview will be at 5 p.m., Wellen’s at 6:10 p.m., Endicott’s at 7:20 p.m. and Koslofsky’s at 8:30 p.m.

Endicott is the current principal of Eagle View Elementary School in Breezy Point. Koslofsky is a former dean of students at Pequot Lakes Schools and current superintendent of Bertha-Hewitt Schools.

Lindholm is the assistant superintendent at Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District, and Wellen is listed as superintendent of New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva Schools on the district website.

The board also stated that a team of 10 district representatives planned to conduct site visits to each candidate’s district Thursday, April 4, and Friday, April 5.

By email, board member Kim Bolz-Andolshek said that group will include three board members, a member from each of the three bargaining units at the school (Diane Hays, Scott Willer and Kim Johnson), high school principal Chip Rankin, curriculum director Laurie Wig, business manager Lea St. Onge, and middle level teacher Karen Rubado.

Current superintendent Rick Linnell submitted his resignation effective in June.