‘Super’ finalists in town Tuesday

Erie, Klarich to interview for school’s top admin position

by Tom Coombe
As soon as this week, the Ely School District could have a new chief executive.
School board members are set to interview two finalists for superintendent, in public, on Tuesday.
Erik Erie will interview for the part-time job at 5 p.m. while John Klarich will follow at 6:45 p.m. in the board room at Memorial High School.
The board has scheduled a special meeting following the interviews where action could be taken.
It will be the second time in two months that the board has interviewed finalists for the job.
Four others were interviewed in early-May, but the board opted not to advance discussions with any of them and decided to repost the job.
Both of the current finalists have extensive ties to the Iron Range.
Klarich has held superintendent positions at Nashwauk-Keewatin and Mt. Iron-Buhl, while Erie recently retired after working as high school principal at Mesabi East, located in Aurora.
The interviews come amid talk of a major facilities project on campus, as well as discussion of possible collaboration with neighboring St. Louis County District 2142.
There had been speculation that Klarich might be part of a collaboration with the county district, a move suggested by lobbyists Gary Cerkvenik and Jeff Anderson as well as county commissioner Paul McDonald.
Staff members at the school were cool to the idea, which would have also called for the district to share superintendent services with 2142, and the Ely board decided to go ahead on its own to fill the job.
The district is searching for a superintendent to replace Kevin Abrahamson, who is leaving the district after a four-year stint.
Abrahamson’s contract expires June 30, and though he has said publicly he would consider staying on until a new superintendent is seated, no details have been worked out.