C-I School Board selects assistant superintendent from Stillwater as superintendent

(Information submitted by the Cambridge-Isanti School District)

The Cambridge-Isanti School Board has agreed to enter into contract negotiations with Dr. Ray Queener to have him serve as the next superintendent of the Cambridge-Isanti School District.

Dr. Ray Queener
Dr. Ray Queener

Dr. Queener was the unanimous choice of the Cambridge-Isanti School Board to serve as a future superintendent of schools.

The Board authorized Chair Tim Hitchings and Board Member Darcy Winsor to engage in negotiations to establish a contract following interviews May 22. Once completed, the contract will be approved at a future school board meeting.

Dr. Queener has been serving as an assistant superintendent in the Stillwater area schools for the past eight years. He is seen as a leader in strategic planning and finance, operational leadership and technology leadership. In addition he brings strong communication and collaborative skills.

“Dr Queener was very personable and very knowledgeable. He is very passionate to come here and make a difference,” said School Board Member Mark Becker. “As Dr. Queener commented, ‘Every challenge is a new opportunity to succeed.’ Dr. Queener is not afraid to make change and his personality and demeanor will be a good fit.”

In addition, School Board member Gary Hawkins explained that, “Dr. Queener was very engaged with the kids. Anyone that talked to him in the buildings thought he (Dr. Queener) was a good guy. He did not present an air about himself, but instead was letting people know how great of a place Cambridge-Isanti is and how excited he was to be here.”

Hitchings said, “Dr. Queener is an expert on financial strategic planning and he is the one who stepped up and raised his game the most during the interview.”

The board said while Dr. Queener has some extremely big shoes to fill in replacing Superintendent Bruce Novak, it feels Dr. Queener’s integrity and passion for education will continue and expand upon the legacy that Novak gave Cambridge-Isanti School District over the past eight years.

Dr. Queener is expected to begin in his role as superintendent of Cambridge-Isanti Schools July 1.

Meet Dr. Ray Queener

(Biographical information provided by School Exec Connect, who noted the comments below were provided by candidates’ references and others associated with the candidate).

This candidate is currently completing his eighth year as assistant superintendent in a large metro suburban district. His main area of supervision is in the areas of Business and Administrative services, although he has current and previous experiences in working with the academic program. He is a multi-dimensional educator who started in teaching and has served large districts in a variety of roles. He is a highly respected administrator in the district, helping keep the district moving forward through many changes. His references say that he is extremely knowledgeable in all phases of the superintendent role and has led many initiatives that involve multiple stakeholders and high visibility. He is well liked by staff and is extremely dedicated to his work and the success of the district.

Multiple references comment that he is absolutely ready for a superintendent role and has all the professional and personal characteristics that will make him successful. He works hard for students and staff and takes great pride in selling the district and its programs. His financial and human resource knowledge is unique and it serves the district and state well. This candidate has a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of Minnesota, an Master of Arts from St. Mary’s University and a Doctorate in Education in education policy and Leadership from the University of Minnesota.