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Apple Valley High School Principal Michael Bolsoni will be the next director of secondary education for the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools, Superintendent Mary M. Kreger announced May 3.

Bolsoni will replace Mark Parr, who is retiring at the end of this school year after a 19-year career in District 196, the last 16 as director of the Secondary Education Department overseeing the district’s six middle schools and six high schools. Bolsoni will finish out the school year at Apple Valley and start in his new position July 1.

Bolsoni has been part of the administrative team at Apple Valley High since 2011, serving as principal the last three years. As an assistant principal, he helped implement Apple Valley’s E3 STEM Program, funded by a $3 million grant from the U.S. departments of education and labor. The grant enabled the school to add a fabrication lab and the program is giving students expanded opportunities to earn college credits and explore STEM-related career options. Apple Valley is part of the district’s STEM pathway of learning, which includes Cedar Park Elementary STEM School, Echo Park Elementary School of Leadership, Engineering and Technology, and Valley Middle School of STEM.

“It has been my honor to serve as principal of Apple Valley High School during its transition to a STEM school dedicated to academics, arts and athletics,” Bolsoni said. “I am grateful and excited for the opportunity to serve as director of secondary education for District 196 and to continue to provide all students the opportunities they need to pursue their infinite possibilities.”

Prior to joining the staff at Apple Valley High, Bolsoni was a teacher peer leader for the district’s Quality Compensation Program from 2007 to 2011 and was a teacher at the School of Environmental Studies for his first 11 years in the district.

Bolsoni has a bachelor’s degree in history from Gustavus Adolphus College, a master’s degree in education from the University of Minnesota and a specialist degree in educational leadership from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

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