Two are superintendent finalists in District 191

Two candidates are finalists for the superintendent position in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.

They are Joe Gothard, assistant superintendent of the Madison Metropolitan School District in Madison, Wis., and Darren Kermes, executive director of the Carver Scott Educational Cooperative and Minnesota River Valley Special Education Cooperative in Shakopee.
The School Board chose the finalists Wednesday night after interviewing five semifinalist candidates on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Gothard and Kermes were invited back for all-day interviews and interaction with students, employees and community members, the district announced on its website. Gothard’s visit is Tuesday, April 9, followed by Kermes on Wednesday, April 10.

“Our search process yielded five excellent candidates — each with unique strengths — brought forth by School Exec Connect,” Board Chair Sandra Sweep said in the district’s announcement. “We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the candidates for their interest in our district and our thanks for their passion and commitment to student education.”

Each finalist will tour the district, meet with employees and students, and participate in a community session at 5 p.m. in the Senior Campus Commons, upper level, Diamondhead Education Center, 200 W. Burnsville Parkway.

At the one-hour community sessions, each candidate will give a brief overview of himself and then take questions from the audience. Community members who attend will be asked to complete evaluations that will be shared with the Board of Education.

Then, each candidate will have an interview at 7:45 p.m. with the board at the Administrative Services Center, 100 River Ridge Court, Burnsville.

“We look forward to getting to know the finalists better as they tour the district and interact with students, employees and community members,”  Sweep said. “Our goal will be to determine which person is the best match for our district at this time.”

Board members expect to make a final selection on April 10 and begin negotiating an employment contract. The new superintendent will join the district on July 1. Current Superintendent Randy Clegg is retiring June 30.