Crosslake Community School: Board negotiating with candidate for director's position

School board plans to meet Dec. 3 to approve new director

Crosslake Community School

The Crosslake Community School Board is negotiating with its chosen candidate for the school's director position, and that person requested more time to make a decision.

"Because this is such an important decision for all of us, we want to make sure that we all take the time that we need to get it right," board chair Lori Scharenbroich said in an email, noting the board did not meet Thursday, Nov. 21, as previously planned.

The board gave the candidate a deadline to decide, and set a meeting to approve a new director for 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the Crosslake Community School commons area.

The board interviewed four candidates Nov. 7 and 8, and then narrowed the selection to the following three candidates, listed alphabetically: Jill Arendt, director of student life at Crosslake School; Annette Klang, a grades 1-2 teacher at Crosslake School; and Cliff Skaagen, director of teaching and learning/principal at Twin Cities Academy, a public charter school for grades 6-12 in St. Paul.

Current Director Todd Lyscio will retire at the end of this year.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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