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Superintendent Search

Four semi-finalists selected for superintendent

The St. Louis Park School Board has selected four semi-finalists to interview for the school district’s superintendent position. The semi-finalists are:

  • Dr. Willie Barney, Instructional Leadership Director (Associate Superintendent), Davenport Community School District, IA
  • Dr. Carlondrea Hines, Associate Superintendent, Eden Prairie Schools, MN
  • Dr. Jenna Mitchler, Assistant Superintendent, Bloomington Public Schools, MN
  • Dr. Teri Staloch, former Superintendent, Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools, currently Administrative Licensure Coordinator at the U of M and educational consultant with SitelogIQ and PartnerED, MN
Superintendent Search Community Engagement: Save the date for March 2 and March 13

As the St. Louis Park Public Schools School Board embarks on the search for the next superintendent, they are committed to ensuring that the entire community has opportunities to be involved in the process. They thank all those who participated in the stakeholder survey. The school board was pleased with the number of responses, as it shows the strong community interest in the next school leader. Community input will continue to be invaluable to the school board as they strive to select the best candidate to lead St. Louis Park Public Schools.

Feb. 7 Stakeholder Report

A stakeholder survey garnered insights from over 1,600 individuals. Focus groups were conducted with students, Somali families, and Latino families, providing deeper insights into specific community concerns and preferences.

Stakeholder Report

Report Highlights

The top six desired areas of expertise

• Budget and Finance
• Collaborative Leadership
• Curriculum Development/Evaluation
• Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
• School Reform (i.e. Strategic Planning, etc.)
• Cultural Competence

The top six specialized skills

• Acts with honesty and in an ethical manner in dealings with the Board, staff, and community
• Develops and directs an effective leadership team
• Develops trust and works collaboratively with diverse groups of stakeholders
• Is a “people person” with proven abilities in human relations and communications
• Is a visionary, creative thinker
• Effectively mediates and accommodates different perspectives; values teamwork

Previous experience

47.49% of the respondents said previously superintendent experience is important while 52.51% of the respondents said it is not. 

The top six personal characteristics

• Honest and ethical
• Effective communicator
• Problem solver
• Confident
• Transparent
• Consistent

SLP Superintendent Search

In the search for our next superintendent, community involvement has been at the forefront of our process. We've reached significant milestones and have important dates on the horizon.

Feb. 2 Superintendent Search Update

In the search for our next superintendent, community involvement has been at the forefront of our process. We've reached significant milestones and have important dates on the horizon.

Community Engagement
Our superintendent search began with a commitment to engage our community. A stakeholder survey garnered an impressive 1,572 responses, including 704 from students, demonstrating their dedication to our education system's future. Additionally, focus groups were conducted with students, Somali families, and Latino families, providing deeper insights into specific community concerns and preferences.

On February 7th, the Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA) will present the results of the stakeholder survey and focus groups to the School Board. This presentation will offer a comprehensive view of our community's expectations for our next superintendent, a crucial step in the decision-making process.

Feb. 7 Special School Board Meeting
The February 7th school board meeting is vital. It will include training for board members on the interview process, a detailed report of the stakeholder engagement and survey findings, and a review of interview questions and schedules for the first round of interviews.

The superintendent application deadline is Feb. 7. In the weeks to follow, board members will review all superintendent applications, selecting candidates for the next interview stages, ensuring the most promising candidates move forward.

Looking Ahead
Key dates to remember:

  • February 7th: Application deadline and Special School Board Meeting
  • February 21st: School Board determines finalists and finalizes interview questions.
  • February 28th and March 1st: First Round of Interviews.
  • March 14th: Second Round of Interviews and selection of the lone finalist.
  • March 26th: Board approves the employment contract.

All school board meetings are open to the public.

We emphasize transparency and community involvement throughout the process, and we eagerly anticipate the exciting developments that lie ahead as we shape the future of our school district together. Your feedback is invaluable, and we are dedicated to keeping you informed every step of the way.

Watch the video in English, Spanish, or SomaliWe're hiring a new superintendent

Jan. 23 Superintendent Search Update

Barb Dorn of the Minnesota School Board Association, the superintendent search firm, shared an update on the search process with the school board on Jan. 23.

  • There were 1,572 responses to the stakeholder survey, including 704 student respondents; focus groups with students, Somali families, and Latino families provided additional insight to the School Board.
  • The stakeholder survey and focus group results will be presented by MSBA to the School Board on Feb. 7.
  • Watch the MSBA Q&A session or review these written FAQs online.
  • The Feb. 7 school board meeting will include interview training, discussion of the stakeholder survey, discussion of interview questions and schedules for the first round of interviews.
  • School Board members will be able to review all of the superintendent applications and determine who they want to interviews.
  • Upcoming Dates: Feb. 7 application deadline; Feb. 21 School Board determines finalists and finalizes questions; Feb. 28 and March 1 First Round of Interviews; March 14 Second Round of Interviews and selection of lone finalist; March 26 Board approves employment contract.
Watch the MSBA Q/A Session

Barb Dorn, the Director of Leadership Development and Executive Search at MSBA, along with MSBA staff members share highlights of the search timeline, vacancy brochure, and stakeholder survey. Questions from stakeholders are addressed, covering topics such as residency requirements and the equal process for internal and external candidates. The information provided aims to provide accurate and transparent information about the superintendent search process.

Superintendent search update

At the November School Board meetings, the School Board engaged in initial conversations about the superintendent search, including sharing their hopes and dreams, reviewing key documents such as the superintendent job description, policies related to the superintendent and superintendent-school board working relationship, and learning about search services from the Minnesota School Board Association (MSBA). The School Board also reviewed sample communications and engagement strategies that emphasize student voice, and multiple racial and cultural perspectives

What should superintendent candidates know?

Learn more about St. Louis Park Public Schools and find out more about the opportunity! 

Stakeholder Report

vacancy brochure

Candidate Information

Timeline

Timeline Details

Watch Meetings

MSBA Q/A Session from Jan. 3

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Frequently Asked Questions