OTTUMWA — The search for a new superintendent culminates next week.
Interviews of the two finalists are set for Thursday at the Great Prairie AEA and will be conducted in several groups, with each group having two hours blocked out.
Question and answer sessions will be held for teachers at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.; administrators at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.; other staff, 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.; and community members at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. The school board will then conduct final interviews from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in a closed session with deliberations and final selection to follow.
In order to allow to distancing during the sessions, each group will have 12-15 participant, which were randomly selected from those expressing interest in participating in the process. As a result, all sessions are invitation only. Questions were submitted as part of the selection process and will be read by a moderator during each session.
The district indicated Friday that the two finalists will be named early next week.
— This article was updated to correct that each group had two sessions scheduled rather than a single one-hour session.