At a special meeting on June 8, 2020, the Eastern Carver County School Board voted unanimously to approve the contract of Lisa Sayles-Adams as the district’s next superintendent. Sayles-Adams’ selection came after a rigorous interview process that included interviews with students, staff, and the community.
“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.”
During her interview, Sayles-Adams talked about the district’s academic strength and commitment to personalized learning as exciting areas for growth. As a student-centered leader, her decision-making process is grounded in what will best meet the needs of students. She also spoke passionately about the importance of engaging the community in student success.
“I am so excited to begin this journey with the Eastern Carver County Schools communities,” Sayles-Adams said. “We are all united in wanting what’s best for our children – the best possible education that prepares them for wherever their life’s journey takes them. Working in partnership, we will grow stronger – and succeed – together.”
Sayles-Adams has over 24 years of experience in public education. She served most recently as assistant superintendent at North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale Public Schools, prior to which she held the same position with St. Paul Public Schools. She has also been a principal at the middle and elementary levels, and started her career as a middle school teacher. Her first official day with the district is July 1.