JANESVILLE — Principals in North Mankato, Faribault, Windom and Sartell are finalists to become the next superintendent of Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton Public Schools.

Four candidates for the district's top job were announced Friday: Carmen Daniels-Strahan, Mike Meihak, Melissa Radeke and Kurt Stumpf.

Supt. Bill Adams is leaving the district in late June to become superintendent of New London-Spicer Public Schools in central Minnesota.

The School Board will interview the top candidates for an hour each from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday in the secondary school media center.

Groups of community, administration and staff representatives also will interview the candidates Thursday and provide input to the School Board.

The board will meet at 4:30 p.m. to discuss the candidates and potentially select the next superintendent.

The board interviews and discussion are open to the public.

None of the finalists work in the district, but one has previously. Meihak started his career in JWP and spent 18 years as a teacher, then principal and activities director. He later worked as a principal in Granite Falls and for the last five years has been middle school principal in Faribault.

Carmen Daniels-Strahan has been principal of Dakota Meadows Middle School in North Mankato since 2008. She previously was an assistant principal in Alexandria, a dean of students in Foley, and a teacher, dean of students, and assistant principal in Orange County, Florida.

Stumpf has served as middle school principal in Sartell since 2015 and before that was the assistant principal. He started his career as a middle school math teacher in central Minnesota and then was a middle school dean of students in Little Falls.

Radeke has held dual roles of elementary principal and assistant superintendent for teaching and learning at Windom Area Schools since 2015. For nearly 30 years before that she was an elementary teacher in the St. Cloud School District.

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