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Wednesday and Thursday nights, members of the Frazee-Vergas School Board sat down with six superintendent candidates, deciding which would be the next to lead the district. They narrowed the field to two.

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The six candidates were Jennifer Backer, superintendent of Cromwell-Wright Schools; Brian Clarke, superintendent of Fertile-Beltrami Schools; Kyle Edgerton, superintendent of Grant County Schools in North Dakota; Terry Karger, high school principal at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Schools; Rob Nudell, principal of Frazee-Vergas Schools; and Scott Vedbraaten, superintendent of Marshall County Central.

Thursday night, the board narrowed the field down to two finalists -- Karger and Clarke. A second round of interviews will be held March 5.

"They really had six good candidates," Superintendent Chuck Cheney said.

Karger served as principal for the Frazee-Vergas District from 2001-08 before heading to D-G-F, where he has been principal since 2008.

Clarke worked as a teacher for the Perham School District from 1999-2004 before moving to Fertile-Beltrami. He served as principal from 2004-07, and superintendent since 2007.

During the second round of interviews on Tuesday, March 5, the candidates will be asked more questions -- Clarke at 6 p.m. and Karger at 7:30 -- before the board meeting at about 9 p.m. to make a selection.

"The expectation is, though the public is always invited, this may be an opportunity for them to participate," Cheney said.

He added that any teachers, parents, and general public will have an opportunity to ask the two candidates questions during the interview process. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Follow Pippi Mayfield on Twitter at @PippiMayfield.

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