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Three finalists named for La Crosse Schools Superintendent

School District of La Crosse
Randy Nelson
La Crosse Schools Superintendent Randy Nelson announced in October 2019 he is retiring at the end of the school year.

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - The three finalists for superintendent of the La Crosse School District are now known.

They include two people from the area and one from the Madison area.

They were released early Sunday afternoon by the district.

Here is the information provided by the district on the candidates.

Stacey Everson is the director of secondary education for the School District of La Crosse. For ten years, Everson previously served as the principal of Menomonie Middle School for the School District of Menomonie Area. She has almost 25 years of education experience with 17 of those years working as an administrator. Everson graduated from the University of Wisconsin -
Eau Claire, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She earned her Master of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin - Stout.


Dr. Rainey Briggs is the director of elementary education at Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District in Middleton, Wisconsin. Dr. Briggs previously served as an elementary school principal in the Sun Prairie Area School District and the Madison Metropolitan School District and as an assistant high school principal in Sun Prairie. Dr. Briggs graduated from Minnesota State University - Mankato with a Bachelor of Science Degree followed by his Master of Science Degree from Viterbo University. Dr. Briggs earned his Ph.D. from Edgewood College.


Dr. Aaron Engel is the superintendent at Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau School District in Galesville, Wisconsin. Dr. Engel previously served as a middle and high school principal at the Auburndale School District in Auburndale, Wisconsin. Dr. Engel graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Science Degree followed by his Master of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin - Superior. Dr. Engel earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.


The three are vying to replace Randy Nelson, who announced last fall that he would be stepping down at the end of the school year.

READ: Plenty of candidates for La Crosse Schools Superintendent

More than two dozen people applied for the job. Earlier in February, the school board met to reduce the number of candidates from 26 down to three.

A statement from the district said all three candidates will meet with different stakeholder groups Monday through Wednesday. The input from those groups will be used by the board to make their final decision on the next superintendent.

The announcement is expected by the end of March according to the district.

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