The St. Paul school board narrowed down six superintendent candidates to three finalist after the interview on Saturday.
The finalists are Deborah Henton, 54, North Branch superintendent of schools, Charles Hopson, 51, deputy superintendent of the Portland, Ore., school district, and Valeria Silva, 48, district's chief academic officer, reported the Star Tribune.
The St. Paul Board members asked the same questions to candidates at public interview, such as, their views on diversity and dealing with the authority and board.
Silva, of Woodbury, had largest applause at the end of the question and answer session, Pioneer Press reported.
Mark Bezek, superintendent in Elk River Area Schools, Stan Mack, former superintendent in the Robbinsdale Area School District, and Nancy Stachel, chief of schools in SPPS has been eliminated.
Ted Blaesing, who is assisting the search of the superintendent said, "I broke three hearts, and I had three others leap for joy."