Cambridge-Isanti superintendent search process moving forward

The search process for the new superintendent of the Cambridge-Isanti School District is moving forward. Current Superintendent Bruce Novak will be retiring June 30.

Charles Kyte, from School Exec Connect, explained his firm is currently taking applications for the superintendent position. Closing application deadline for the position was May 8.

“My firm will pre-screen all potential candidates and do some preliminary investigating,” Kyte said. “We will make reference calls and do some preliminary work. We are receiving good interest and good candidates for the position. Most of the candidates have been from Minnesota, with a few out-of-state candidates.”

Kyte explained the top six to eight candidates will be presented before the school board on May 13. He said the school board at this time will have a chance to review the top candidates’ credentials and background information.

Following this meeting, candidates will be narrowed down, and first-round interviews will take place on May 15 and May 16.

After the first-round interviews, the top two or three final candidates will be brought back in for second round interviews on May 20, 21 and 22.

Kyte said the second round interview process will involve each of the final candidates spending the entire day in the school district. He said the day will involve getting a tour of the entire school district, meeting with different groups including administrators, teachers and principals and learning about the district.

He said an open community meeting will also be a part of the second round interview process. Kyte said each candidate will be a part of a separate community meeting  so the community has a chance to meet the candidate, and answer any questions community members may have.

Kyte said details regarding the community meetings on May 20, 21 and 22 are being finalized with times and locations. The details will be publicized once finalized.

Kyte said the goal is to have the school board make a decision regarding its top candidate following the finalist interviews. The new superintendent is expected to begin in the position July 1.

Kyte noted the results of the community survey regarding the superintendent search process was successful. Kyte reported 180 school staff members, and 421 community members participated in the survey.

Kyte explained based on the community survey and input from the school board, a profile of the desired new superintendent was created.

“When we developed the profile, we worked off of meetings with focus groups and the community survey,” Kyte said. “The profile is a close alignment between what the staff wants and what the community wants.”