Independent School District 728
Elk River, MN

Position Available:

District Name: 
Independent School District 728

District Address:
815 Highway 10, Elk River, MN 55330

Hold or be eligible for licensure as a Superintendent in Minnesota.  Experience as a Superintendent or in a District Office setting preferred.  Candidates must demonstrate a strong commitment to student achievement, building partnerships in the community, sound financial management, and educational success for students from all backgrounds.

Consultants Assisting the Board: Dr. Ken Dragseth (952-210-2790) – and Dr. Antoinette (Toni) Johns (612-309-1511-

District Highlights:

  • Serves multiple communities and over 13,000 students and 50,000 lifelong learners
  • One of a few districts with growing student enrollment in Minnesota
  • District communities are growing in population, also
  • Mission is to educate, inspire and empower our diverse learners to accomplish their dreams and to contribute positively to our local and global communities
  • Lives out the core values: All people have value, Valuing and respecting differences strengthens the individual and community, People thrive when they feel connected, supported and affirmed, Everyone can learn, Hope inspires and empowers, Lifelong learning is essential for personal growth, Change is an opportunity for growth
  • The district is committed to reducing the achievement gap and has been successful in doing so
  • 74% of graduates attend some form of formal post-high school training
  • 90% of students graduate from high school
  • ACT test scores are above both state and national averages
  • Professional development is a comprehensive, sustained, and intensive approach to improve teacher and principals’ effectiveness in raising student achievement
  • Strong technology program for students and a valuable program of K-12 Technology mentors, passed Technology Levy
  • Strong curriculum review process with reviews and implementations yearly
  • Excellent Community Education program serves preschoolers to senior citizens
  • Students earned millions of dollars in scholarship and moved on to great accomplishments
  • Strong community involvement with advisory committees: American Indian Education Parent Advisory Committee, E-12 Technology
  • Steering Committee, ECFE Advisory Council, Community Education Advisory Council, Safe Schools Committee, Special Education
  • Advisory Council, Student Achievement Advisory Committee, Title 1 Advisory Council
  • Communities support the schools with volunteers and passing of recent referendums
  • Student choices of Title 1, Reading Plus, gifted Services, Minnesota math Corps, Minnesota Reading Corps, Middle School Language, AVID
  • Magnet schools – Rogers STEM program, Sauk Middle School Pre-Engineering
  • Strong ELL program
  • Elementary schools provide programs for all students’ needs
  • Online learning options and bio-medical program at Zimmerman High School
  • Strong teaching staff with years of experience and education, seven finalists in the Minnesota Teacher of Year program
  • Strong extra-curricular program at all middle and high schools
  • Administrators lead quality schools with outstanding staff at all positions
  • Welcome center to help in the introduction to the district
  • Extensive construction upgrading at many schools due to a 2014 referendum passage

Communities Served:  The District serves all or parts of Albertville, Dayton, Elk River, Otsego, Ramsey, Rogers, St. Michael, Zimmerman, and the townships of Big Lake, Baldwin, Burns, Livonia, Nowthen, Orrock and Stanford

Student Population: Approximately 13,000

District Budget:  Approximately $140,000,000

District Schools:

  • 9 neighborhood elementary schools (Hassan, Lincoln, Meadowvale, Otsego, Parker, Rogers, Twin Lakes, Westwood, Zimmerman)
  • 4 middle schools (Rogers, Sauk, VandenBerge, Zimmerman)
  • 4 high schools (Elk River, Rogers, Zimmerman, Ivan Sand)

Union Affiliation – Education Minnesota

Search Calendar:

  • Application Deadline: January 25, 2017
  • Selected candidates taken to the Board on: February 7, 2017
  • First round interviews on: February 8,9, 2017
  • Second round interviews on:  February 13, 15, 16, 2017
  • Position Begins: July 1, 2017

Compensation Package Offered: Regionally Competitive

District Website:

Application Process: Apply through the website if you are interested in this position.

You will be asked to complete the online application and present a cover letter, resume, a copy of graduate transcripts, at least four reference letters, and proof of certification to support your candidacy.