New middle school principal to be named by Feb. 1

Ramsey principal interviews start soon

TANGLETOWN — The district’s choice for principal at the new Ramsey Middle School opening next fall will be announced by Feb. 1, Associate Superintendent Theresa Battle said this week.

That means the new principal will be in place in time for a Feb. 4 open house at the school, which will take over the Ramsey International Fine Arts Center building a 1 W. 49th St. when that program moves into the Folwell building next school year. Battle is leading the hiring process, although her choice will require final approval from Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson.

In meetings this week with the parent-teacher associations at both Burroughs and Lyndale community schools, Battle said Ramsey was expected to enroll about 175–220 sixth graders when it opens next fall. Ramsey will be the new pathway middle school for Burroughs and Lyndale, but families in the Hale/Field and Green Central attendance areas in South Minneapolis also can request placement at Ramsey.

The opening of Ramsey is expected to relieve enrollment pressure on Anthony Middle School in Kenny. That school is at capacity now, and the district projects enrollment growth could add 2,030–3,300 students to the district by 2015, with most of that growth concentrated in Southwest.

Battle said the district has both internal and external candidates for the Ramsey principal position, and about 16–20 candidates will meet with her interview team later this month.

Battle would not say exactly how many candidates would be interviewed, and would not reveal who is on the interview team, telling Burroughs parents both were “confidential.” Should would, though, say her interview team includes two parents each from Burroughs and Lyndale, a principal and teachers from district middle schools and several district content specialists.

During the Wednesday PTA meeting at her school, Lyndale Principal Ossie Brooks-James identified the school’s parent representatives to the interview team as David Weingartner and Yassin Qanyare. They represent two important communities at Lyndale: parents who opted-in to the school early when the district’s Changing School Options plan shifted district pathways several years ago and the school’s Somali-American community, respectively.

The new school already has a website, rms.mpls.k12.mn.us. Look for more information on Ramsey in the Feb. 6 edition of the Southwest Journal.

The Feb. 4 open house runs 10 a.m.–noon.