Robbinsdale Area Schools

Superintendent Search

Robbinsdale Area Schools has begun the search for its new Superintendent. 

After briefly suspending its search for a new superintendent following a slate of candidate interviews April 6, the Robbinsdale Area Schools Board of Education reopened the process at its April 15 work session. The School Board has determined they would like a candidate with previous experience serving as a superintendent, which is reflected in the vacancy brochure for the position below.

Previously, the Robbinsdale Area Schools Board of Education selected the Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA) to conduct the search for the district’s next superintendent. The board's unanimous decision to select MSBA was made at its Dec. 4 meeting. 

Vacancy Brochure


Nov. 2, 2023 Deadline for proposals from firms seeking to conduct the district's superintendent search
Nov. 20, 2023 Search firm presentations to the Board of Education; Board Chair Helen Bassett conducts reference check of preferred firms
Dec. 4, 2023 Board selects MSBA to lead the search process
Jan. 8, 2024 MSBA works with School Board to develop timeline and superintendent profile
Jan. 17-Feb. 11, 2024 Stakeholder online survey open, student listening sessions conducted
Jan. 17-March 6, 2024 MSBA posts position opening and advertises vacancy, received applications, and responds to applicant inquiries
Jan. 24, 2024 MSBA to host virtual Q&A session with with school community
March 4, 2024 Board meets for interview training, and to discuss stakeholder report, interview questions and procedures
March 6, 2024 Applicant deadline
March 7-18, 2024 MSBA conducts screening, preliminary verification of references, pre-interviews of recommended applicants
March 8-18, 2024 School Board members review applications
March 18, 2024 Board meets to determine finalists, interview questions and procedures; MSBA reviews interview training
April 6, 2024 School Board conducts first round of interviews -- search suspended following interviews
April 15, 2024 School Board reopens the position, which will remain open until filled with a preferred start date of July 1, 2024.
May 20, 2024 Application deadline
May 21-23, 2024 Applicant screening
May  28, 2024 First round interviews
May  29, 2024 Second round interviews
TBD Board designee begins negotiations of employment contract with lone finalist
TBD Board meets to approve employment contract

July 1, 2024

New superintendent begins

Community Engagement


To launch the search process, MSBA created an online survey that was available to be answered in English, Spanish or Somali. The survey deadline was Feb. 11, 2024.

Read the survey report

Virtual Meeting

On Wednesday, Jan. 24, MSBA hosted a virtual question and answer session via Zoom, which was open to students, staff, families and the community.

View Event Recording

Superintendent Search Updates