3 finalists chosen for Minneapolis schools superintendent

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After two days of interviews, the Minneapolis School Board has narrowed its list of candidates for its next school superintendent from six down to three.

Among the finalists is Michael Goar, who has served as interim superintendent since the resignation of former superintendent Bernadeia Johnson in February.

The three finalists are:

Michael Goar: Interim superintendent of MPS. Was chief executive officer prior to that appointment. Has also worked for school systems in Memphis and Boston. Minneapolis native. Education: Minneapolis Washburn High School; UW-River Falls; MSU Mankato.

Sergio Paez: Superintendent of Holyoke, Massachusetts, schools for the past two years. Also has been an administrator, principal and teacher in Holyoke, Leominster and Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Native of Queens, New York City. Education: Fitchburg State College; Harvard; Boston College.

Charles Foust: Assistant superintendent of Houston Independent School District for the past three years. Has also been a principal in Houston and Greensboro, North Carolina. Native of Gibsonville, N.C. Education: North Carolina A & T State University; University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; University of Houston.

The three finalists are scheduled for a final round of interviews in Minneapolis Dec. 1-3. They'll also visit several schools in the district and meet with community members at a public reception on Dec. 2 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at Webster Elementary.

The school board will meet the following Monday, Dec. 7, to select their final candidate, and expect the new superintendent to join the district July 1.

The only other Minnesota candidate in the field – Jinger Gustafson of the Anoka-Hennepin district – was eliminated from consideration Wednesday, along with Jesse Rodriguez of the Milwaukee Public School system, and Kenneth Spells of Alton, Illinois.

Johnson resigned from the position in January after leading the district for four years.

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