Cambridge-Isanti ISD picks ISD 834 official for superintendent post
ISANTI COUNTY NEWS
CAMBRIDGE — The Cambridge-Isanti School Board has agreed to enter into contract negotiations with Stillwater Area Public Schools official Dr. Ray Queener to have him serve as the next superintendent of the Cambridge-Isanti School District.
Dr. Queener was the unanimous choice of the Cambridge-Isanti School Board to serve as a future superintendent of schools.
The board authorized Chairman Tim Hitchings and Board Member Darcy Winsor to enter negotiations to establish a contract following interviews Wednesday. Once completed, the contract will be approved at a future school board meeting.
Queener has been assistant superintendent for business and administrative services for Independent School District 834 for the last eight years. He is seen as a leader in strategic planning and finance, operational leadership and technology leadership. In addition he brings strong communication and collaborative skills.
“Dr. Queener was very personable and very knowledgeable. He is very passionate to come here and make a difference,” said Cambridge-Isanti School Board Member Mark Becker. “As Dr. Queener commented, ‘Every challenge is a new opportunity to succeed.’ Dr. Queener is not afraid to make change and his personality and demeanor will be a good fit.”
In addition, Cambridge-Isanti School Board member Gary Hawkins said, “Dr. Queener was very engaged with the kids. Anyone that talked to him in the buildings thought he (Dr. Queener) was a good guy. He did not present an air about himself, but instead was letting people know how great of a place Cambridge-Isanti is and how excited he was to be here.”
“Dr. Queener is an expert on financial strategic planning and he is the one who stepped up and raised his game the most during the interview,” Hitchings added.
The board said while Queener has big shoes to fill in replacing Superintendent Bruce Novak, it feels Queener’s integrity and passion for education will continue and expand upon the legacy Novak gave Cambridge-Isanti School District over the last eight years.
Queener is expected to begin in his role as superintendent of Cambridge-Isanti Schools July 1.
Queener has a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of Minnesota, an Master of Arts from St. Mary’s University and a Doctorate in Education in education policy and Leadership from the University of Minnesota.
Queener is currently completing his eighth year as assistant superintendent with ISD 834. He supervises business and administrative services, although he has current and previous experience working with the academic program. He started his education career in teaching and has served large districts in a variety of roles. He is a highly respected ISD 834 administrator, helping the district move forward through many changes. His references say he is extremely knowledgeable in all phases of the superintendent role and has led many initiatives that involve multiple stakeholders and high visibility. He is well liked by staff and is extremely dedicated to his work and the success of the district.
Multiple references comment that he is absolutely ready for a superintendent role and has all the professional and personal characteristics that will make him successful. He works hard for students and staff and takes great pride in selling the district and its programs. His financial and human resource knowledge is unique and it serves the district and state well.
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