March 19, 2018, 8:00 pm
Special Meeting of the School Board, Educational Service Center
Open to the public

  • Board members review initial slate of applicants forwarded by the search firm
  • Board members determine which applicants to invite for first round interviews.

April 2, 2018, 5:00 pm
Special Meeting of the School Board, Educational Service Center
Open to the public; live cablecast on Channel 21 and live webstreamed at https://www.district279.org/about-us/school-board/meeting-materials

  • Board members interview candidates for the superintendent position
  • Members of the audience have an opportunity to provide written feedback on each finalist.

Interview schedule

5 p.m.  Erick Pruitt, area superintendent, Houston Independent School District, Houston, TX
6 p.m.  Marc Schaffer, assistant superintendent, Boulder Valley School District, Boulder, CO
7 p.m.  James Harris, superintendent, Daniel Boone Area School District, Douglassville, PA


April 3, 2018, 5:00 pm
Special Meeting of the School Board, Educational Service Center
Open to the public; live cablecast on Channel 21 and live webstreamed at https://www.district279.org/about-us/school-board/meeting-materials

  • Board members interview candidates for the superintendent position.
  • Members of the audience have an opportunity to provide written feedback on each finalist.
  • Board members determine which candidates to advance to the second/final round of interviews.

Interview schedule

5 p.m.   Kelli Parpart, assistant superintendent, Osseo Area Schools


April 10, 2018, 12:30 pm (will end approximately 6 pm)
Special Meeting of the School Board, Educational Service Center
Open to the public; live cablecast on Channel 21 and live webstreamed at https://www.district279.org/about-us/school-board/meeting-materials

  • Board members interview finalists for the superintendent position.

April 10, 2018, 7:00 pm
Special Meeting of the School Board, Educational Service Center
Open to the public; live cablecast on Channel 21 and live webstreamed at https://www.district279.org/about-us/school-board/meeting-materials

  • Each finalist makes a public presentation and answers a limited number of questions posed by the moderator.
  • Members of the audience have an opportunity to provide written feedback on each finalist.
  • Board members identify a preferred candidate and provide direction to enter into contract negotiations with that candidate.

End of April 2018
Goal for completing contract negotiations with the preferred finalist. Update: At a special meeting on April 11, the school board chose to pursue an interim sueprintendent instead of continuing with either finalist.


July 2018
Interim superintendent begins.