Crosslake Community School Board Chair Lori Scharenbroich detailed the process for the search for the school's next executive director on Wednesday, Aug. 28. Current Director Todd Lyscio is retiring Dec. 31.

“Because CCS is truly a school built by and for the community, it’s important to the board that our students, staff, parents and community have a say in the next executive director of our school,” Scharenbroich said in a news release.

At its last meeting, the board approved a contract with Trim Tab Consulting, helmed by longtime public educator and leader Daniel Jett, and the formation of an executive director search subcommittee. The search subcommittee is made up of board members Scharenbroich (parent and committee chair), Beverly Loeffler (teacher), Lance Swanson (teacher) and Shane Gordon (community member).

The director search subcommittee will interact regularly with both the board and Trim Tab Consulting about the specific actions and activities that take place during the search process. It is responsible for creating a communication plan and timeline to present to the board for approval.

That plan, when implemented, will keep all Crosslake stakeholders updated on the director search process as it takes place.

Listening sessions scheduled

As part of the process, the subcommittee must come up with a job description for the candidate search. While some requirements are mandated by Minnesota state stature, the board is interested in hearing from the students, staff, parents and community regarding which qualities they’d like to see in the next executive director.

To do this, the board has released the following timeline for listening sessions. All sessions will take place at Crosslake Community School.

  • 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4: Special session for school board members.
  • 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5: Listening sessions for interested students.
  • 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5: Listening session for interested CCS staff.
  • 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5: Listening session for interested parents and community members.

Ongoing activities

After the listening sessions are over, the board will take all feedback into consideration and create a final job description to be posted in mid-September. Interested candidates should submit any questions, their resume and cover letter to Jett at danjett1@comcast.net.

The board intends to interview candidates in November with the hopes of hiring and having a new director in place Jan. 1 or as soon as feasible.