Eastern Carver County Schools has picked an internal candidate for its superintendent opening. Clint Christopher will start his new position in July. Christopher, who serves as the district's associate superintendent, will step in after Jim Bauck announced his retirement in August.

Christopher was selected out of six candidates following interviews with staff, students and the community and two hours of answering questions from school board members. All six candidates were local education leaders.

Josh Swanson, assistant superintendent with Eden Prairie Public Schools, and Christopher were chosen as the two finalists. Swanson was interviewed on Monday and Christopher wrapped up his interview on Thursday. 

“Mr. Christopher is an exceptional leader and the right person to continue Eastern Carver County Schools’ progress to personalize learning for each student,” School Board Chair Lisa Anderson said in a statement. “We have a track record of excellence in this district and Clint has the experience, skills and aptitude to move our schools to even higher levels of student achievement.”

The board spent $19,500 on a contract with School Exec Connect for the search process, according to the district. The school board contracted with the search and consulting firm in August.