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Two superintendent finalists to visit South Washington County Schools

District 833 School Board members and consultant Ken Dragseth (standing) discuss superintendent candidates following interviews on Saturday. Bulletin photo by Judy Spooner1 / 3
District 833 superintendent candidate Keith Jacobus2 / 3
District 833 superintendent candidate Lolli Haws3 / 3

After six hours of interviews, the District 833 School Board narrowed the field of superintendent candidates to two late Saturday afternoon.

Keith Jacobus, an Osseo Area School District assistant superintendent, will tour the South Washington County School District and meet with various groups on Tuesday before a final interview with the board at 7:30 p.m. in the large group room at East Ridge High School. The public can ask him questions at 5 p.m. in the large group room.

Lolli Haws, instructional superintendent of District of Columbia Schools in Washington D.C. will spend a similar day in the district on Wednesday. Haws will meet with the public at 5 p.m. in East Ridge's large group room, and then will have her final interview with the board at 7:30 p.m. at the District Service Center in Cottage Grove.

The original field of eight candidates submitted by the board's consultants, School Exec Connect, on Tuesday was narrowed to six when Keith Rittel withdrew after taking a job with the State of Utah. On Saturday, semifinalist Gerald Hill withdrew after accepting a job in Michigan.

Neither Jacobus, who's spent the majority of his education career in Colorado and has been in Osseo since 2010, or Haws, who has family members living in the state and a summer cabin, are slated to interview for other positions, said Ken Dragseth, School Exec Connect consultant.

Either Haws or Jacobus will replace Superintendent Mark Porter, whose contract was not renewed by the board in December.

Judy Spooner
Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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