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Published February 16 2010

Central Cass narrows superintendent search

The Central Cass School District in Casselton, N.D., is one step closer to finding a new top leader.

On Monday, the School Board narrowed 16 applicants for superintendent to three finalists: Central Cass interim Superintendent Mark Weston, Cavalier (N.D.) Superintendent Frank Schill and Ashley (N.D.) Superintendent Les Dale.

“We have a good slate of candidates,” said board Vice President Scott Kost, who praised “their experience, focus on academics and administrative strengths.”

Weston, a former Moorhead school administrator, took on a one-year interim position at the Casselton-based district last year.

Board members went with for an interim leader after three finalists turned down offers. It was an unexpected ending to the search – one officials are sure won’t be repeated this year.

“During the interview process, we’re going to be very cognizant of that,” said board President Keith Gohdes.

Finalists will be interviewed at the end of the month and beginning of March, with plans to make an offer soon after. The superintendent would officially start July 1; a salary hasn’t been finalized. Weston was hired last year on a $90,000 salary.

Although Weston is a finalist for the top spot, he isn’t a shoe-in, Kost said.

“We have been pleased with the things he’s been able to do in the last six months,” he said. “(But) we need the best candidate.”


Readers can reach Forum reporter Kelly Smith at (701) 241-5515