The Minneapolis Public Schools Council plans on Tuesday to announce its schedules for appointing a temporary supervisor and filling a vacant seat on the school council.
Further details were not available on the agenda for the school board meeting on Tuesday, but the move marks one of the first public steps towards naming new leaders following a teachers’ strike that lasted nearly three weeks.
Superintendent Ed Graff announced in late March that he would leave the county when his contract expires in late June.
The Great School Board session opened in mid-March, when Josh Paulie announced his immediate resignation, citing a broken trust.
Board Chairman Kim Allison said the names of candidates will not be announced at Tuesday’s meeting, but the board plans to introduce the community to a potential interim supervisor before a meeting is held to make the appointment.
Board members have provided information about who they want – and who they do not want to see – that will fill the role, Allison said.
They were not satisfied with specific criteria, she said, noting that some said they wanted a temporary inspector interested in the permanent job, and others said the opposite.
“This is a temporary position,” Allison said, adding that she wants to name someone as soon as possible to allow time to pass before Graff’s last day in office. His contract expires on June 30.
Graf was hired to lead the county in 2016 after two unsuccessful inspections by an inspector. His tenure included the creation and distribution of sweeping and controversial district design with the goal of redistributing resources in a more equitable manner. This plan was approved against the background of the plague, which provoked the outcry of some parents and the teachers’ union.
Despite the redesign, enrollment is expected to continue to decline for at least the next five years. Fewer students means less government dollars for schools, which further stretches the county’s finances.
The new district leader will face an expected budget gap of $ 21.5 million, despite the use of $ 75 million in aid funds. A temporary inspector will also be required to rebuild the trust and relationship they suffered during the strike.
Allison said that “the community will be very involved in the process of electing a permanent supervisor.”
Appointing a board member for the vacant big seat is a different process, and the board will take requests from people who are interested, Allison said.
Paulie, who resigned during the strike, has held the seat since 2019.
His term was due to end in 2023, so anyone appointed to fill the seat will have to run in the election and win if he wants to serve beyond the end of the year.