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District 196 School Board selects Bolsoni to be next superintendent

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After interviewing three finalists and deliberating publicly during a special meeting April 23, the District 196 School Board unanimously selected Director of Secondary Education Michael Bolsoni to be the district’s next superintendent, contingent on negotiating a contract with Bolsoni. He will replace Mary Kreger, who is retiring at the end of this school year after serving as superintendent of the state’s third-largest district for the last six years. Bolsoni is expected to take over as superintendent July 1. 

The other two finalists the board interviewed are Thomas Ahart, an independent consultant and former superintendent of the Des Moines Public Schools, and Latanya Daniels, assistant superintendent of Richfield Public Schools. 

“I am thrilled to welcome Michael Bolsoni as the next leader of our District 196 community,” said Board Chairperson Cory Johnson. “Michael brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, commitment to equity and inclusion, and exceptional thought leadership. I am confident he will be an exemplary leader to move our district forward.” 

Bolsoni 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, Bolsoni 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 principal from 2016 to 2019, spearheading implementation of the school’s E3 STEM Program and overseeing a significant school renovation project before he was named director of secondary education in 2019. In addition to overseeing the district’s middle schools and high schools, as a director Bolsoni helped develop and present two successful referendum election campaigns, was part of a team that led the district through the challenges of the pandemic, and has been instrumental in supporting efforts to enhance the district’s American Indian Education Program.

Bolsoni expressed appreciation for his selection, and added, “I will continue to be a champion for equitable, student-centered outcomes, and will lead collaboratively around our strategic priorities to achieve the mission of educating, developing and inspiring our students for lifelong success.” 

Bolsoni holds a specialist degree in educational leadership from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and a master’s degree in education from the University of Minnesota.

Bolsoni's selection is the culmination of a collaborative process that started in January after Kreger announced her plans to retire at the end of this school year and the board hired the Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA) to assist in the search. Early in the process, District 196 stakeholders were invited to provide input via an online survey on the qualities, characteristics, and priorities they desire in the district’s next superintendent. The insights collected guided the selection of six semifinalists, ultimately leading to the unanimous choice of the board to appoint Bolsoni as the next superintendent.




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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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