After the Minneapolis Public Schools Board of Education delayed its superintendent search last academic year, the school board is now on track to hire a superintendent this year with the help of a 17-member task force made up of community members and district staff.
The task force includes six community members, two teachers, two educational support professionals, two principals, two students, and three school board members. School board member Lori Norvell is chairing the task force. After the task force interviews candidates this week, it will forward up to three candidates for the school board to interview. Interim Superintendent Rochelle Cox has been in the district's superintendent role since Ed Graff left the position in 2022.
TASK FORCE LINE UP
Students: Drew Wesson, Abdihafid Mohamed (also a student representative on the school board)
Community members: Titilayo Bediako, Nekima Levy Armstrong, Patricia Torres Ray, Francisco Segovia, Abdirahman Mukhtar, Lucie Skjefte
Teachers: Mathew Collier, Kaytie Kamphoff
Educational support professionals: Brenda Johnson, Wyhett Ugaas
Principals: Matthew Arnold, Mauri Friestleben
School board members: Abdul Abdi, Adriana Cerrillo, Lori Norvell (chair of task force)
The district's superintendent search webpage includes details as to who appointed each member of the task force.
The superintendent search task force will interview candidates Nov. 15 and 16. The search task force will then select up to three finalists, whose names will be made public next week. Finalist interviews will be held at Davis Center on Nov. 27 - Nov. 29. All interviews will begin at 5:30 p.m. and last up to two hours. The board will vote to choose a permanent superintendent from the finalists on Dec. 1. The finalist interviews and board vote is open to the public at the John B. Davis Center, and will be live streamed with translation.