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Superintendent Search

The District 196 School Board is working in partnership with the Minnesota School Board Association (MSBA) to select a new superintendent through a local and national search. District 196 is committed to ensuring effective communication throughout the search process. The district will share information on this webpage throughout the process.

Superintendent Finalists 

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District 196 School Board members narrowed their search for a new superintendent to three finalists after interviewing five candidates April 13. Thomas AhartMichael Bolsoni, and Latanya Daniels will be interviewed during a special board meeting Tuesday, April 23, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at Dakota Ridge School. The board is expected to select the new superintendent before ending the special meeting, which is open to the public, but will not be livestreamed or recorded. The three finalists are listed below in the order they will be interviewed on April 23:

Thomas Ahart has been an independent consultant in Des Moines, Iowa, for the last two years. Prior to that, he was superintendent of the 31,000-student Des Moines Public Schools from 2012 to 2022. He was also a middle school principal and associate superintendent during his 14 years in Des Moines. Ahart earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Denver and spent the first 11 years of his career teaching language arts at high schools in Colorado and Iowa. He served as director of instruction in Marshalltown, Iowa, for two years, and director of human resources in Ankeny, Iowa, for two years, before starting with the Des Moines district in 2008. Ahart has doctorate and specialist degrees in educational leadership, and a master’s degree in public administration from Drake University. 

Michael Bolsoni has been director of secondary education of the 30,000-student Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools, District 196, since 2019. He has 28 years experience working in District 196, starting in 1996 as a social studies teacher at the School of Environmental Studies. After 11 years teaching, he spent the next five years as a peer leader and instructional coach for the district’s Q Comp program. In 2011, he was named assistant administrator to both Valley Middle School and Apple Valley High School. Two years later, he became assistant principal at Apple Valley High, then served as the school’s principal from 2016 to 2019. Bolsoni has a specialist degree in educational leadership from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and a master’s degree in education from the University of Minnesota. 

Latanya Daniels has been the assistant superintendent of the 4,000-student Richfield Public Schools since 2020. Daniels started her career in 1997 as a school success program assistant at The Connection Center with the Minneapolis Public Schools. From 2001 to 2007, she taught math at Folwell Middle School in Minneapolis, then served two years as interim assistant principal at Thomas Edison High School, and another two as assistant principal before she was named principal at Patrick Henry High School in 2010. Daniels was principal at Henry for five years, then principal at Richfield High School from 2015 to 2020, when she was hired as  assistant superintendent. Daniels has a doctorate in educational leadership and learning, an education specialist degree, and master’s degree in teaching from the University of St. Thomas.


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Community Engagement 

District 196 held an MSBA Virtual Q & A regarding the superintendent search process on Tuesday, March 5, at 4:00 p.m. You can watch the MSBA's Q & A recording below. For information, contact Barb Dorn, MSBA Director of Leadership Development and Executive Search, at 507-508-5501.

In late February and early March, the School Board invited all District 196 stakeholders – parents/guardians, students, staff, community and business members – to complete an online survey to gather input on the qualities, characteristics, and priorities they desire in the district’s next superintendent. A total of 2,753 people completed the survey, which was conducted and analyzed by members of the Minnesota School Boards Association’s (MSBA) superintendent search service. The Stakeholder Report that MSBA presented to the board March 20 reflects stakeholder comments in the survey, which may not represent the views of MSBA or District 196.  

Stakeholder Survey Results

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Frequently Asked Questions

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