More changes at MPS headquarters

Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) promoted Southwest Area Superintendent Craig Hintz to deputy superintendent on Feb. 9. Longtime district employee Birch Jones now is the executive assistant to Interim Superintendent Bill Green and Hintz.

Hintz replaced Kerry Felt who had been deputy superintendent since June. A new Area C supervisor hasn't yet been named.

Hintz has worked in the district since July and will now report directly to Green and manage daily operations.

&#8220I'm honored to serve as Superintendent Bill Green's deputy and approach my new responsibility filled with hope and ambition,” Hintz said in a statement about the changes. &#8220Dr. Green's vision is for me to have overall responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the district. It is with great pleasure that I can help with the future of the Minneapolis Public Schools.”

In his 25 years in MPS so far, Jones has been a high school principal and assistant principal, special assignment principal, executive director of student engagement and area superintendent.

Now, he'll be involved in the office's community relations and other daily operations.

&#8220I am hopeful that I can implement and support coherent and focused strategies to help improve student achievement,” said Jones.

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