Longtime Crookston High School industrial technology teacher Chris Trostad is among six candidates seeking to succeed outgoing CHS Principal Lon Jorgenson who will be interviewed for the job, according to Crookston School District Superintendent Chris Bates.
Jorgenson, hired in 2010, is leaving to become superintendent in the Warren-Alvarado-Oslo School District. Trostad has his principal and superintendent licenses.
The others to be interviewed include Daniel Bettin of Floodwood, Minn., where he's the K-12 principal and activities director; Timothy Mayclin of Bemidji, where he's a social studies teacher; Nathan Purrington of Ada, where he's an agriculture teacher; Patric Rendle of Silver Bay, Minn., where he's an assistant principal and counselor; and, Jason Vold of Chaska, Minn., where he's director of a charter school.
Bates said eight applied for the position and the administrative team decided to narrow the field of interviewees to six. "They voted and there was little difference between the second ranked and the sixth ranked, so they wanted to make sure that they didn't leave out the person who might be the best one," Bates told the Times.
The principal candidates will be interviewed by three committees for 50 minutes each on May 7, one made up of parents and teachers, one made up of administrators and one made up of CHS students. "The students are writing their own questions," Bates said. "It's an important position for them so it's important that they are involved in the process."
The interview process will also include a tour of Crookston.