Troy Ferguson is the choice of the Morris Area School Board's search committee for superintendent.

The search committee will recommend that Ferguson be approved by the full school board at a Tuesday, April 9, meeting. The school board must approve Ferguson before his hiring is official.

Ferguson is the superintendent of the St. Francis School District.

"A lot of the bullet (criteria) points we have, he hit," search committee member Anthony Ekren said.

Ekren cited Ferguson's vision, his effective leadership and his background in teaching and community education as key reasons to choose Ferguson.

The committee unanimously selected Ferguson after a second round of interviews of three semifinalists on April 8. Ferguson who is the superintendent at St. Francis; Sue Richards-Chase, the middle school principal at Cass Lake-Bena; and Melissa Radeke, the director of instruction and learning and 4-6 principal at Windom Schools were the semifinalists.

Ferguson submitted his resignation at St. Francis this past summer because of personal and professional reasons, he said in an interview with the Stevens County Times. Ferguson said he and the St. Francis school board are parting on good terms- the St. Francis school board had asked Ferguson if he was sure when he submitted his resignation and he had just been offeerd a three-year contract.

Search committee member Jennifer Goodnough said the district is fortunate to get Ferguson's experience and knowledge.

Goodnough, Ekren and third search committee member Mike Odello said all three semifinalists were strong candidates.

"...that being said I am also leaning toward Troy," Odello said.