CANNON FALLS - The leading candidate for Cannon Falls Public Schools superintendent took himself out of the running on March 25 after a contract couldn't be agreed upon, according to School Board Chair Bob Brintnall.

Mark Grossklaus, a high school principal in the Albert Lea school district, informed the board he is no longer interested in the position currently held by Beth Giese. She accepted a superintendent position with the St. Francis Area School District in December after holding the local position since 2011.

Brintnall said in a phone interview with Republican Eagle on March 26 that the board was surprised by Grossklaus' announcement. Brintnall said the board and Grossklaus were not able to come to contractual agreements during the negotiating process.

The board will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, April 1, to determine what avenues to explore. Brintnall said the board could move forward with one of the other two finalists or start the process again. Brintnall indicated the board is split on that decision.

The other finalists were Jeffrey Sampson, a superintendent at Southland Public Schools, and Dr. Jean Duffy, an assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction at Becker Public Schools.