School board offers open position to Ben Barton of La Crescent District

By Clay Schuldt
Special for the Argus

Following several hours of interviewing the final two candidates, the Caledonia Area School Board unanimously approved a motion to offer a contract to Ben Barton of La Crescent for the position of superintendent/elementary school principal.

The board held a special meeting Monday evening in the elementary media center to conduct the second round of interviews for the position.

The board interviewed both Barton and Tami Martin for an hour each.  Each candidate was asked the same seventeen questions. Questions ranged from past experiences, methods for preventing bullying, organization of curriculum, management of the budget, and how each would balance the responsibilities of the dual position?

Following the interviews the individual scores of the school board members were tabulated and the search committee met separately from the board to determine a recommendation. The search committee wished to recognize that the school was fortunate to have two exceptional candidates for the position and felt either candidate would serve the district well.

Ultimately the committee recommended Barten as the candidate to move forward with negotiations.  Board Member John Klug made a motion to approve the recommendation which was seconded by Scott Longhorn.  The board unanimously approved the motion.

The motion included having the search committee with the assistance of Business Manager/Finance Director Barb Meyer and Human Resource Coordinator Karen Schiltz, work out a contract for the position prior to negotiations with Barten.

The next regular school board meeting is scheduled for Monday April 16 where the board could approve a final contract with Barten.

Barten is currently employed and lives in the La Crescent School District. If Barten accepts the contract, he would begin duties in July.