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Four MPS principals promoted to associate superintendent
Dr. Johnson announces new leadership structure to strengthen supports and relationships between central office and schools
To accelerate alignment and collaboration between central office departments and school sites, Dr. Bernadeia H. Johnson, superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), today announced cost-neutral changes to the central office structure, including the promotion of four principals to associate superintendent positions. Under the new structure, seven associate superintendents will oversee schools based on program or school type, rather than geographic area. Each associate superintendent will lead 10-12 schools, which will allow associate superintendents more time to partner effectively with principals.
The new structure clearly defines the associate superintendent as the primary supervisor and coach for school
principals,” Johnson said.
We need associate superintendents to spend significantly more time in the schools, overseeing principal performance and helping develop their instructional leadership capacity.
Laura Cavender, current principal at Pillsbury School, will lead high priority schools; Jackie Hanson, current principal of Anthony Middle School, will oversee middle schools; Lucilla Yira, current principal of Windom Dual Immersion School, will lead magnet schools; and Ron Wagner, current principal of Anne Sullivan Communication Center, will lead K-8 schools in western Minneapolis. The current associate superintendents
roles will change as well. Stephen Flisk, current associate superintendent for Area B, will oversee K-8 schools in eastern Minneapolis; Sara Paul, current associate superintendent for school innovation and achievement, will lead alternative schools; and Cecilia Saddler, current associate superintendent for Area C, will lead high schools. Since joining MPS in 1991, Cavender has taught K-8 science classes and gifted students and held administrative roles in curriculum, gifted education and leadership. Cavender was assistant principal at Nellie Stone Johnson and Lincoln elementary schools before becoming principal at Cityview, then Pillsbury. She holds a Master of Arts in curriculum and instruction from the University of St. Thomas and an administrative licensure with coursework
from St. Mary’s University, where she is also earning a superintendent’s license.