Olson, Wilson to interview Wednesday, site visits set for Friday

    Members of the Crookston School Board will be hitting the road on Friday, Feb. 2 to visit, likely, the district where their chosen finalist for the Crookston School District superintendent position currently works. Finalist Jeffrey Wilson is school principal in Hinckley/Finlayson, and fellow finalist Jeremiah Olson is superintendent in Underwood and Henning.    

    Olson and Wilson will take part in their second and final round of interviews on Wednesday, Jan. 31, after emerging as the board’s chosen finalists after six were interviewed last week for the position being made available by Superintendent Chris Bates’ retirement. Before their interviews, which will commence at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the high school, Olson and Wilson will tour the three public school buildings, tour the community, meet with Bates, and meet with district office staff.

    Once their interviews begin, the two will rotate between their interview with the school board in the choir/orchestra room, and a question-and-answer session in the band room with school district staff and anyone from the community who wants to attend. District Office Manager Marilyn Wahouske in an email is encouraging as many staff and community members as possible to attend those sessions with the two finalists.

    The interviews and question-and-answer sessions are scheduled to begin at 4:05 p.m., with Olson’s interview with the board up first. After a break and light supper at 5:10 p.m., the board will interview Wilson at 5:30 p.m. While one finalist is interviewing with the board, the other will be taking part in the question-and-answer session.

    Deliberation and the compiling of survey results from the audience members will then commence at around 6:35 p.m. It’s expected but not an absolute certainty that the board will select a single finalist Wednesday in advance of Friday’s scheduled travel. Next would be reference checks, a background check, and the site visit. The tentative goal, Wahouske tells the Times, is to hold a special meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 6 with the intention of approving a contract with the new superintendent.