Jeremiah Olson and Jeffrey Wilson will interview a second time on Jan. 31

From 10 that applied and six that were interviewed, the search for a new Crookston School District superintendent has been narrowed to two.

Jeremiah Olson, superintendent in the Henning and Underwood school districts in Minnesota, and Jeffrey Wilson, principal at Hinkley-Finlayson School in Minnesota, will interview a second and final time on Wednesday, Jan. 31. After those interviews, presumably, the Crookston School Board would pick either Olson or Wilson and make a job offer. It's possible that before that step is taken, the board would schedule site visits to the school districts in which Olson and Wilson currently work. The goal is for the school board to approve a contract with the new superintendent by late February.

Current Crookston School District Superintendent Chris Bates is retiring at the end of this school year.

Olson and Wilson were interviewed on Saturday by the school board as well as a staff committee and a community committee. Also interviewed Saturday was Paula Foley. Prior to that, last Thursday, Michael Rowe, Bruce Houck and Dennis Goodwin interviewed at Crookston High School for the position. On Friday, Goodwin withdrew from consideration, saying the job wasn't the right fit for him.

The Jan. 31 interviews, as was the case with the first round, will take place in the choir/orchestra room at CHS, beginning at 4 p.m. They are open to the public.

Check back Monday for more details on Olson and Wilson's Saturday interviews.