supt search graphicThe ISD 279 School Board has named finalists for the position of superintendent of Osseo Area Schools.

The search firm of Ray and Associates, Inc. vetted 28 applicants based on their experience, academic background, and the qualities and criteria the school board had identified in its preferred superintendent profile. After screening by the search firm, ten candidates were given further consideration by the school board. The candidates who are advancing to first-round interviews are:

  • James Harris, superintendent, Daniel Boone Area School District, Douglassville, PA
  • Kelli Parpart, assistant superintendent, Osseo Area Schools, Maple Grove, MN
  • Erick Pruitt, area superintendent, Houston Independent School District, Houston, TX 
  • Marc Schaffer, assistant superintendent, Boulder Valley School District, Boulder, CO
  • Update 3/29/18: Rupak Gandhi and Krish Mohip are no longer finalists, having withdrawn from consideration

All interview sessions with the board are open to the public and will be held in the Board Room of the Educational Service Center, 11200 93rd Avenue North, Maple Grove. After each interview and/or presentation, audience members will have an opportunity to provide written feedback on each finalist.

Round 1 interview schedule

Monday, April 2

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

Tuesday, April 3

5 p.m.  Kelli Parpart, assistant superintendent, Osseo Area Schools; watch the interview

Round 2 interviews 

On Tuesday, April 10 beginning at 12:30 p.m., finalists who advanced from the first round will be interviewed by the school board. Starting at 7 p.m., each finalist will return to make a brief presentation that includes a moderated question and answer component. (Times subject to change before April 10.)

ISD 279 LogoInterested district residents are encouraged to apply for appointment to complete the remainder of a four-year term of a board member who resigned. The term of the appointment runs until January 2019.

Qualified candidates are persons who are eligible voters; are at least 21 years of age at the time they would be seated by appointment; have resided in the School District for at least 30 days at the time of application; and are otherwise allowed to hold the office.

Membership on the school board requires attendance at a variety of meetings held every month, as well as participation on committees and other assignments. Regular meetings are held monthly (typically the third Tuesday). Work sessions and negotiations strategy sessions are also held once or twice a month, respectively. Typically, members may devote anywhere from 20-40 hours per month studying issues, attending meetings, and communicating with residents. View the school board meeting schedule.

Following board screening, the top three applicants will be invited to address the school board at a special meeting on April 24, at 6 p.m. At that same meeting, the board is expected to identify and then take formal action to appoint their candidate of choice. Following a mandatory 30-day waiting period, the appointed candidate will take the oath of office and begin service on June 5.

How to apply:

  • Apply online. Update: The application deadline has passed; the online application is no longer available.
  • Download and complete/return a hard copy application. Update: The application deadline has passed; the online application is no longer available.
  • PIck up an application from the Educational Service Center, 11200 93rd Avenue North, Maple Grove MN  55369 (7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 763-391-7003; lincolns@district279.org).

All applications must be received by no later than Tuesday, April 3, 4:30 p.m. (postmarks not accepted).

Applicant information packet