The Eastern Carver County School Board unanimously agreed to enter into negotiations with Ms. Lisa Sayles-Adams for the position of superintendent effective July 1, 2020. Sayles-Adams is currently assistant superintendent for North St. Paul – Maplewood – Oakdale Public Schools. Her selection concludes a rigorous process that started with eight candidates, narrowed to three finalists last week.

Candidates participated in day-long interviews on May 11, 13, and 14 that included staff, student, and community “virtual” meetings as well as in-person interviews with the School Board. The other finalists for the position were Dr. Ryan Laager, superintendent of Belle Plaine Public Schools and Dr. Jeff Ridlehoover, assistant superintendent at Mounds View Public Schools.

The board concluded interviews this evening, reviewed feedback from meetings with students, staff, and community, and then discussed the merits of all candidates before making its final decision.

“This has been a challenging year for our district,” Board Chair Jeff Ross, Ph.D., said.  “We knew we needed a dynamic, strong leader, not just to raise the already high quality of education for our students, but to help bring together our community.  In Lisa we have found a truly outstanding leader with the skills and background to deliver the excellence we all expect.  She showed tonight she’s ready to hit the ground running, has the complete skill set we were seeking, and we are excited  for what her leadership will accomplish for our students, staff, and community.”

Earlier this year, Superintendent Clint Christopher announced he was leaving the district, which started the search process for the district’s next superintendent. Tonight, board members discussed the importance of conducting a search and said the competitive selection process gave the board assurance that Sayles-Adams, without a doubt, is the best possible person to lead Eastern Carver County Schools.