Interim Superintendent Mary Kreger working with a teacher and student.

About the Superintendent’s Office

The superintendent, Mary M. Kreger, 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.


Mary Kreger portrait

Mary M. Kreger was named superintendent of Independent School District 196 on November 5, 2018, after serving in an interim role for four months. She leads a 10-member administrative cabinet that is responsible for the overall operation of the state’s fourth largest school district, with an annual budget of $500 million. Kreger started working for District 196 in 2005 as director of special education and member of the superintendent’s cabinet. Prior to coming to District 196, Kreger worked for South Washington County Schools for 13 years as a special education teacher, coordinator and supervisor. She started her career in Minnesota as a substitute teacher, working in Minneapolis, Lakeville and District 196. Kreger has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Luther College and earned her master’s degree in special education, specialist degree in education administration and superintendent licensure from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Kreger has lived in District 196 since 1990 and her three children all graduated from District 196 schools.

Superintendent Kreger regularly tweets about her visits around our schools and community and shares important information for district families. Follow her on Twitter.


To contact the superintendent, email Mary Kreger or call 651-423-7749.