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; 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


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; watch the interview


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.


July 2018
New superintendent begins.