Schools superintendent to leave in 2010

Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Bill Green announced today he will leave his post when his current contract ends June 30, 2010.

District Chief Communications Officer Susan Eilertsen said the announcement was made now, almost a year in advance of his planned departure, to give the School Board “plenty of time to deliberate on what kind of leader they will be looking for in the next era.”

“Stability and continuity are, as always, very important themes to him,” Eilertsen said.

She said Green spoke with each School Board member individually before publicly announcing his decision.

Green, an Augsburg College history professor and former School Board member, was hired as interim superintendent Jan. 31, 2006. He dropped “interim” from the title when the School Board hired him to lead the district starting July 31, 2007.

Working with the School Board and a group of parent leaders, Green initiated development of a five-year strategic plan in the fall of 2007. The plan aimed to stabilize district finances, close the racial achievement gap and prepare every student for college.

The district is now planning for a major restructuring in the fall of 2010. The restructuring will close schools and relocate programs, shrinking the infrastructure of a district grappling with ongoing enrollment declines and budget deficits.

Eilertsen said the School Board had not established a search process for a new superintendent.

She said Green planned to return to teaching and writing at Augsburg. A tenured professor, Green has been on leave from the college since becoming superintendent.