Robbinsdale Area Schools

Superintendent Search

School Board suspends search for new superintendent

The Robbinsdale Area Schools Board of Education suspended its search for a new superintendent after a 5-2 vote Saturday, April 6.

The vote to suspend the process came after a full day interviewing six semi-final candidates for the position. Following lengthy deliberations and utilizing a rubric to evaluate the candidates, the data did not produce a majority agreement to move forward for the second round of interviews.

The School Board acknowledges the seriousness of the suspension of the search process and will discuss next steps during their work session on April 15, 2024. All seven directors remain fully committed to finding the right candidate to serve as the next educational leader of the district.

Read the full press release

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

The Robbinsdale Area Schools Board of Education has 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. You can view MSBA's vacancy brochure for the position below. 

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 11, 2024 Board conducts reference checks and holds second round of interviews; Board selects lone finalist and sets negotiations process
April 12, 2024 Board designee begins negotiations of employment contract with lone finalist
April 15, 2024 Board meets to approve employment contract

July 1, 2024
or earlier

New superintendent begins

* to be determined following suspension of the search process

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