School & District Management

Minneapolis District Names Six Candidates for the Superintendent’s Job

By Denisa R. Superville — November 10, 2015 1 min read

The Minneapolis school district announced the names of six candidates who have made the semi-final round in its search for a new superintendent.

The candidates are:

Michael Goar, the current interim superintendent of the school district;

Jesse Rodriguez, the regional superintendent of the Milwaukee school district;

Charles Foust, an assistant superintendent/ school support officer at the Houston Independent School District;

Kenneth Spells, the superintendent of Alton community unit school district, in Alton, Ill.;

Sergio Paez, a former superintendent of the Holyoke school district, in Holyoke, Mass.; and

Jinger Gustafson, an associate superintendent in the Anoka-Hennepin school district, in Anoka, Minn.

The district has been on a hunt for a permanent superintendent since former superintendent Bernadeia Johnson, citing “family commitments,” resigned in December after four years in the top job.

Johnson officially left the post in January, although she continued to do some work for the district as a consultant through June. Goar, the district’s CEO at the time, has been serving as the interim schools chief.

A final list of candidates will be selected by the end of the month, and interviews, school visits, and community meetings will be scheduled from Dec. 1 to 3, according to the district.

More information on the candidates, along with their bios, can be found on the district’s website.

A version of this news article first appeared in the District Dossier blog.