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From:Friday, May 17, 2013 9:19 AM -0500
Subject:Superintendent Finalists 
To: Cambridge-Isanti Staff

From: Charlie Kyte, Search Consultant

The C-I School Board selected three finalists last night in the Superintendent search.  These finalists are:

Ray Queener, Assistant Superintendent in Stillwater

Mark Schmitz, Superintendent in Staples-Motley

Wayne Anderson, Superintendent in Mount Horab, WI

Each candidate will return to C-I next week for a full day of interviewing (Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, May 20, 21 & 22). The staff is encouraged to participate in either a scheduled session or the open community session late in the afternoon.  In each session the candidate will share a bit about themselves and their philosophy.  Then the participants will ask questions of the candidate.  

At the end of each session participants will have the opportunity to fill out a feedback form.  These forms will be copied and provided to each board member.  From your feedback, the board will shape their final questions for the candidate.

The schedule for each day of the final interviews includes:

9:00-11:00     Tour of the District

11:00-11:45.  Meet with students at C-I HS, Rm 151
11:45-12:45.  Lunch with Executive Team, DO
12:45-1:45.    Meet with Operational Team, DO
1:45-2:45.      Meet with Principals, DO
3:15-3:45.      Meet with Non-Certified Staff, CMS Media Center
3:45-4:30.      Meet with Certified Staff, CMS Media Center

5:00-5:45.      Meet with Community (open meeting), IMS/MNC Auditorium  

6:00-7:00.      Dinner with School Board at Wintergreens

7:30.              Final Interview

We expect that the board, after the last day of interviews, to adopt a motion to enter into contract negotiations with the selected candidate.  Upon finalizing a contract, the Board will meet to approve the contract (we expect this to be completed in a week to 10 days).  It is hoped that the new Superintendent will be able to assume their duties in Cambridge-Isanti on July 1.

If you have questions you are welcome to contact me at

Charlie Kyte

Charles Kyte Consulting, LLC
101 St. Olaf Ave, #104
Northfield, MN 55057