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Main Contacts

  • District Office: 651-423-7700
  • Voicemail: 651-683-6969, plus extension
  • Staff Directory

Superintendent’s Office

The superintendent is the chief administrative officer of District 196, appointed by and directly responsible to the School Board. The superintendent serves as an ex-officio member of the board, facilitates the work of the board and is responsible to the board for providing direction and leadership to the school district.

The Superintendent’s Office supports the work of the superintendent and is also responsible for the development and administration of district policies, regulations and procedures; conducting school district elections, and facilitating School Board meetings and other activities.


The Communications Department provides strategic input in decision-making and communicating decisions of the administration and School Board. The department is responsible for developing and assisting with communication for both internal and external audiences, including community, government and media relations; crisis communication and mass notification; website and social media; news releases, newsletters and marketing materials; advertising sponsorship; brand standards and requests for information.

The Communications Department oversees operation of District 196 TV and the district’s Legislative Advisory Council.

Community Education

The Community Education Department provides programming and classes for lifelong learners of all ages, including Adult Basic Education, adult enrichment classes, aquatics, early childhood family education, facility usage and rental, River Valley Project Explore for adults with disabilities and youth enrichment classes. Community Education programming is guided by input from a variety of advisory councils, committees, task forces and users of Community Education programs. 

Elementary Education

The Elementary Education Department oversees 19 elementary schools that serve more than 12,000 students in pre-K through grade 5. Five elementary schools are magnet schools that offer focused instruction around the themes of arts and science, international studies, leadership and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

Finance and Operations

The Finance and Operations Department provides overall leadership for the district’s finance, facilities, food and nutrition services, student information services, technology, transportation and purchasing/central receiving departments. The department is also directly involved in managing, budgeting and long-term planning for facilities and capital needs, the property tax process, purchasing school sites, leasing property and related operational issues. The department uses conservative assumptions, projections and budgeting practices to successfully manage the district’s finances.

Human Resources

The Human Resources Department recruits, hires, retains and promotes a diverse workforce serving more than 4,000 full- and part-time employees. The department provides direction in the areas of talent management, compliance, employee rights, employment law, benefits and compensation, and labor relations.


The Legal Department provides a variety of legal services to the district on matters related to student and employee discipline, special education, personnel and labor relations, and risk management. The department also provides general legal counsel in areas such as contract review and statutory compliance, oversees school district elections and drafts and updates district policies, regulations and procedures for the School Board.

Secondary Education

The Secondary Education Department oversees six middle schools (grades 6-8), four high schools (grades 9-12), an optional School of Environmental Studies at the Minnesota Zoo for juniors and seniors, and an Area Learning Center alternative high school for those more successful in a non-traditional setting. The department also provides overall leadership for instruction and professional development, cocurricular arts and athletics activities, career development courses, post-secondary enrollment options, Indian education and prevention education.

Special Education

The Special Education Department works to provide individualized educational opportunities to meet the unique needs of all learners from age birth through 21. The department provides a continuum of services for students with disabilities, with most receiving special education service in their neighborhood school. The district also has specialized, center-based programs for students who need more support. The department oversees early childhood special education, early childhood screening, health services and special education services in all district buildings, including Dakota Ridge School and the Transition Plus program.

Teaching and Learning

The Teaching and Learning Department is responsible for leadership of the district’s academic goals. The department oversees curriculum development and review; professional development related to curriculum, instruction and assessment, and implementation of state and federal programs that directly impact student learning. The department also oversees the district Assessment Center, Quality Compensation (Q Comp) program and English Learners (EL), Gifted and Talented (GT) and integration and equity programming, and collaborates with the Special Education Department in literacy and math efforts, and the Technology Department to support technology integration into the teaching and learning process.

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