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Interviews begin for DL superintendent finalists

The process of finding a new superintendent for Detroit Lakes Public Schools began in earnest Monday, with the first of three interviews with finalists for the position.

First up was Douglas Froke of Windom Public Schools, who toured the district on Monday and spent that evening answering questions from the search committee.

On Tuesday, following another tour, the board met with finalist No. 2, Kevin Wellen of Melrose Area Schools.

The interviews will conclude this evening at 6 p.m. with the third and final candidate, Mark Adams of Deer River Public Schools.

All three candidates are currently serving as superintendents in their respective districts. Froke has the most administrative experience, having spent seven years as superintendent of Fulda Public Schools and another two years as superintendent at Windom (one year, 2003-2004, was spent serving as a superintendent for both districts). He holds a master's degree in school administration from Northern State College in Aberdeen, S.D., and a specialist's degree in school administration from the University of South Dakota.

Wellen, meanwhile, has been the district superintendent at Melrose since 2004, but also has seven years of experience as a high school principal and another six years of teaching experience before that. He holds a master's degree and a six-year certification in school administration from St. Cloud State University

Adams, the candidate to be interviewed this evening, has five years of teaching experience and another 10 years of administrative experience, though his appointment to superintendent at Deer River in 2003 was his first in that position.

After wrapping up candidate interviews this evening, the board is expected to select a candidate and have a prospective contract drawn up in time for its next monthly board meting on April 10.

A summary of each of the candidates' responses to the search committee's questions will appear in Sunday's Detroit Lakes Tribune.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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