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Bemidji superintendent one of 3 finalists for Grand Forks job

GRAND FORKS -- Bemidji Area Schools Superintendent Jim Hess was named Thursday evening as one of three finalists for the same position in Grand Forks, N.D.

The Grand Forks School Board's superintendent search committee selected the three finalists in a brief meeting Thursday night.

Jim HessThe other finalists are Terry Brenner, director of curriculum, instruction, assessment and professional development for Grand Forks Public Schools and Dennis Goodwin, superintendent of Camp Verde Unified Public Schools, Camp Verde, Ariz.

The decision followed interviews with six candidates that were conducted in closed sessions Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 7 and 8.

"We have three very strong candidates" for the superintendent's position, said Doug Carpenter, School Board president. "Any one of the three could be a good leader for the district."

In an interview after the meeting was adjourned, Carpenter said he encourages residents to meet and "bring their questions" to the finalists at public meetings next week.

Members of the public may meet each finalist from 5 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at the Mark Sanford Education Center, 2400 47th Ave. S. Enter through Door 3 on the building's west side.

The finalists also will be interviewed by various groups representing community leaders, teachers, staff, students and others in daylong sessions next week.

Input from those interviews will be provided to the School Board before each finalist's formal board interview.

The finalists will be interviewed by the School Board, one candidate on each day, in open sessions beginning at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at the Sanford Center.

After the last interview Thursday, the School Board plans to meet in open session to deliberate and choose the finalist, Carpenter said.

Superintendent Larry Nybladh will retire June 30. The next superintendent is expected to start work July 1.

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