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Six east metro school districts changing leadership this summer

Pioneer Press article by Christopher Magan

When St. Paul Public Schools chose Joe Gothard as its new superintendent last week, it created a job opening.

It won’t be alone. Besides St. Paul and Burnsville, four other east metro districts are getting new superintendents this summer.The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage school district, where Gothard has been superintendent since 2013, will now have to find a new leader.

“It’s not unusual, although the activity is a little higher this year,” said Scott Croonquist, executive director of the Association of Metropolitan School Districts, which advocates for Twin Cities districts.

The four districts that expect to have new leaders by July are West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan, White Bear Lake, Forest Lake and Lakeville. (Contracts for school administrators typically run July to June.)

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