Lahn named finalist for Alexandria Schools post

Alexandria is known as the home of Big Ole and some of the best fishing in Minnesota.

By January, the northwestern Minnesota city could also be home to Richard Lahn.

The Alexandria Public School District is looking for a superintendent to replace Dr. Terry Quist, who is retiring at the end of December.

As of Sept. 21, there was only one man standing on Alexandria’s candidate list – Princeton Superintendent Richard Lahn.

“I have been contacted by the Alexandria Public Schools and we are moving through the process at this time,” Lahn confirmed Monday.

Lahn and the Alexandria School Board appear to be far along in that process.

Lahn was one of six candidates who met last Thursday with 30 Alexandria community, school board and staff members. Four teams interviewed the candidates and then met as a whole to discuss “shared perceptions about the unique skill sets and personal attributes” that the candidates could offer the school district, according to a news release issued by the district.

After a 16-hour process, Lahn was the lone candidate invited back for a second screening by the Alexandria School Board. That meeting will take place during the first week of October.

“Following the second screening in early October, the board will determine whether to make an employment offer or to continue to screen other persons from the original finalist pool,” said Dean Anderson, chairman of the Alexandria Board of Education.

Lahn came to Princeton eight years ago, originally as a middle school principal. He was appointed interim superintendent in April 2009 and later signed a three-year contract to be the Princeton School District’s superintendent.

Prior to working in Princeton, Lahn worked as both a teacher and administrator in both private and public schools in Minnesota. He is a Bush Educators Fellow with the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

The Alexandria School District lauded Lahn as a man who has earned statewide recognition for gains made in reading scores.