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Crosslake School: Board chooses director candidate

Offer being prepared; board to meet Thursday, Nov. 21

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Crosslake Community School signage/logo on the school building.

After interviewing four candidates for the Crosslake Community School director position, the school board unanimously agreed to move forward with a final candidate.

The board is doing its due diligence to check references and prepare an offer for the chosen candidate, board chair Lori Scharenbroich said in an email, noting the board hopes to have a public decision later this week.

In anticipation of that, the board planned to meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at Crosslake Community School. Check for further updates at www.pineandlakes.com.

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 announced in August he plans to retire at the end of the year. The position was posted for approximately six weeks and the board received 10 qualified applicants. From that pool of candidates a board sub-committee, working with an education search consultant, identified six applicants for full board consideration.

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 nancy.vogt@pineandlakes.com or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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