Associate Superintendent Theresa Battle will leave Minneapolis for St. Paul Public Schools next year, returning to the district where she served in for over two decades as a teacher, principal and administrator.
Battle’s hiring by the St. Paul district was announced June 3. She joined Minneapolis Public Schools in 2010, and as associate superintendent of Area C oversaw schools in Southwest Minneapolis.
Minneapolis Public Schools spokesperson Stan Alleyne said retired principal Bob McCauley would fill in as interim associate superintendent until Battle’s replacement is hired. The opening has been posted, and the district plans to conduct “a comprehensive, probably a national search” for her replacement, Alleyne said.
The district has three associate superintendents each responsible for working with schools in one of the district’s three geographic areas, also known as transportation zones because they are based on busing boundaries. (Mark Bonine, who left the district this spring to lead Brooklyn Center Community Schools, also held the title associate superintendent, but he was tasked with overseeing the district’s low-performing “turnaround” schools.)
The associate superintendents work closely with the schools and principals in their areas, and are often the top administrator present at school and community meetings in their territories. Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson is ultimately responsible for hiring her associate superintendents, but Southwest-area school communities will also have a role in the selection process.
“We’ll definitely allow parents and community members to weigh-in on this,” Alleyne said.
Just prior to her hiring in Minneapolis, Battle was project director of Ramp-Up to Readiness, a college preparatory program for high school students run through the University of Minnesota’s College Readiness Consortium. Before then, she was an associate superintendent on an interim basis for Osseo Public Schools.