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Metcalf submits resignation 1966March 17, 1966 Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: John Metcalf, superintendent of the Burnsville-Savage School District for the past 11 years has submitted his resignation under pressure from school board members....
Dr. Sally Bell 1987 -1990Dr. Sally Bell, Superintendent of School District 191 from 1987 - 1990. She was the fifth.
John MetcalfSeptember 1, 1966 Dakota County Tribune: Former Superintendent John Metcalf for State Senate.
The passion is there, Cindy Amoroso reflects on tenure as superintendent 2019Savage Pacer, June 25, 2019 story as Cindy Asoroso retires as Superintendent of School District 191.
Burnsville school district selects Michigan woman as superintendent 1987March 27, 1987 Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Sally Bell was named Superintendent of School District 191 replacing Theodore Foot who left in November to become Superintendent in New York...
John Metcalf resignsMarch 19, 1966 Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: The Burnsville Savage School Board accepted the resignation of John Metcalf, superintendent of the school district the past 11 years....
John Metcalf heart attackMay 4, 1959 - St. Cloud Times reports on John Metcalf's heart attack. Note the school district is called - Black Dog School District.
Theresa Battle, new superintendent 2019Superintendent Dr. Theresa Battle, compliments of School District 191.
Dr. Hugh Holloway 1967 - 1975Superintendent Dr. Hugh H. Holloway - 1968 Year Book photo.
Summer reading programDistrict 191 Superintendent Dr. Theresa Battle was a "Rockin' Reader" on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Nicollet Commons Park, located in the Heart of the City at 12550 Nicollet Avenue.The Rockin' Lunch Hour was sponsored by the City of Burnsville.
Cindy Amoroso completes two eventful years as superintendent 2019July 3, 2019 Burnsville Eagan Sun/Thisweek News reports:

Amoroso completes two eventful years as superintendent

by John Gessner Jul 3, 2019

‘Great things happening’ in District 191

Teacher unrest, social media headaches and budget cuts came with Cindy Amoroso’s two-year tour of duty as superintendent of School District 191.

But the self-described “off-the-chart extrovert” isn’t dwelling on unpleasantries as she contemplates what she’ll miss in retirement.

She expects to wake up brimming with ideas for the welcome-back staff workshops in August. Even a random mention of third grade reading scores had Amoroso peering ahead during an interview.

“I will be watching what our scores are when they come out in the fall, even though I won’t be in the district anymore,” she said, reviewing a finding that 48.8 percent of third graders met reading proficiency on spring tests in 2018, three points better than the district’s goal. “Because our teachers have worked so hard the last two years with our literacy framework, and I’ll really be anxious to see how that works out, on this one in particular.”

Amoroso retired June 30 when her two-year contract ended; she is replaced by Theresa Battle, a former assistant superintendent in St. Paul.

Amoroso was curriculum and instruction director in Mankato, where the former English teacher spent most of her career, when she applied for the job of assistant superintendent in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage in 2013. She was hired by then-new Superintendent Joe Gothard and agreed to the School Board’s request to serve the two years left on his contract when he was hired as St. Paul superintendent in 2017.

In her one performance review as superintendent, the board praised Amoroso’s “accomplished leadership” — particularly for continued progress on the district’s Vision One91 redesign plan and for a successful 2017 levy referendum.

Assessing the district’s academic trajectory in recent years, Amoroso took a page from Minnesota first lady Gwen Walz, the former assessment coordinator for Mankato schools and a guest speaker at Amoroso’s farewell ceremony last month.

“What Gwen always taught us to say is, ‘This is going in the right direction,’ ” she said. District 191’s racially and economically diverse student body tends to lag state averages on Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment scores by grade level and subject, but Amoroso said some student subgroups in some subject and age groups score better than their state peers.

“What I find more compelling with data is the story around the data,” she said. “What’s happening with this? What else is going on? When you break this down into smaller groups of students, what are we seeing happening with smaller groups or at certain grade levels or certain buildings? Data always tells a story.”

She warned against stereotypes around what particular student groups can achieve.

“We need to have rigorous expectations for all of our students, because they can meet those rigorous expectations,” Amoroso said. “Some may need more support than others. But every one of our students deserves us having those rigorous expectations of them, because they can meet them.”

In addition to the district’s headline achievements since she arrived — the Burnsville High School expansion and other Vision One91 building improvements, grade reconfiguration and a technology levy — Gothard and Amoroso presided over an expansion of “wrap-around” supports for students’ social and emotional health.

Elementary school social workers were added, school psychologists were more integrated into the elementary schools, people of African American and Native American descents were added to the cultural liaison ranks, and more Somali and Latino liaisons were added, Amoroso said.

“Every district is experiencing the need for those mental health, social-emotional supports,” she said. “It applies to all of our students, it applies to all of our families, regardless of socioeconomics, regardless of race or ethnicity, regardless of where they live in the community or the school district.”

Amoroso was buoyed by her first look at results from the latest Minnesota Student Survey, which she said show a very high percentage of District 191 students report feeling safe and unbullied in school.

“It totally contradicts what the bad messages are that are out in the community about how violent our schools are,” she said. “Our schools aren’t violent. Our schools are safe.”

Amoroso admits to taking slights against the district personally.

“It’s hard not to, especially when some people intentionally make them personal,” she said. “When I see something out on social media that someone has said about our students and our schools, it is just so discouraging and disheartening when you know, on a daily basis, the great things that are happening in the schools.

“I see them. I’m in classrooms. I’m talking to kids. I stand in the hallway at the high school during passing time. I know what’s going on in the buildings, and I’m just very proud of our students and staff.”

Negotiations on a two-year teacher contract turned bitter in 2018 over an impasse in procedures for handling unrequested leaves of absence. Departing from a strict “last in, first out” seniority system, the district and its teachers union, the Burnsville Education Association, agreed on a sequence of criteria that included seniority but also layoff protections for teachers in some “priority” programs.

The district wanted to add language allowing teachers who had a disciplinary action in the previous five years to be laid off ahead of others, regardless of seniority. The union objected, and prevailed, with the district dropping its language a year after negotiations had begun and after teachers had marched in the street.

The message many union members got was that the district wanted a way to dump its highest-paid teachers in the event of layoff-forcing budget cuts of tenured staff, Amoroso said.

“It absolutely had nothing to do with budget,” she insisted. “It had to do with keeping our best teachers for our students.”

Asked for comment on Amoroso’s tenure, union President Wendy Drugge said: “I would like to thank Cindy for her years of service to the district, and I’d like to wish her well in retirement.”

Some comments on the “Friends of Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Educators” Facebook page that launched during the standoff and is still active have hurt the district’s image, Amoroso said. Newly approved budget cuts for 2019-20 totaling $6.57 million caused dissension in 2019.

Amoroso leaves at a time when the district still faces chronic enrollment decline marked by more district families enrolling outside the district than outsiders enrolling in.

“This is the life of a suburb, in some respects,” Amoroso said, pointing to similar cycles in Roseville, Robbinsdale and Richfield, which she said are now rebounding.

“We may continue to drop, but we’re going to hit a point, and then we’re going to become the district that does a great job of meeting the needs of that population, and it’ll come back up,” said Amoroso, who lives in Lakeville with husband, Gary, a former Lakeville superintendent and executive director of the Minnesota Association of School Administrators. “I really, firmly believe that.”
Burnsville begins quest for new superintendent 1981March 26, 1981 Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that following Tashirki's resignation, the School Board begins plans to find replacement.
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