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Benjamin Kanninen Superintendent Benjamin Kanninen was Superintendent when his message appeared in the 1998 - 1999 Independent School District 191's report to the Community.
Randy Clegg 2008 - 2013Superintendent 2008 - 2013.
Joseph Gothard 2013 - 2017Joseph Gothard, District 191 Superintendent 2013 - 2017. Photo compliments of School District 191.
Cindy Amoroso 2017 - 2019Cindy Amoroso became School District 191 Superintendent in 2017. Photo compliments of the School District.
School board thanks Superintendent Cindy Amoroso 2019.The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage District Board of Education thanked Superintendent Cindy Amoroso on June 20 for her service to the district during Amoroso’s last board meeting before her retirement. - Photo source - The Savage Pacer.

From left to right, Darcy Schatz, Eric Miller, Lesley Chester, Abigail Alt, Cindy Amoroso (superintendent, retired June 30, 2019), Dr. DeeDee Currier, Jen Holweger, Scott Hume.
Theresa Battle, new superintendent 2019Savage Pacer photo of newly selected Superintendent Theresa Battle, serving School District 191 starting July, 2019.
Dr. Robert Tschirki 1975 - 1981Robert Tschirki was superintendent May 18,1977 Burnsville Current photo.
Theresa Battle 2019April, 2019 Theresa Battle selected as Independent School District 191's next superintendent.
District 191 Superintendent Battle's first 100 days - 2020 District 191 superintendent’s first 100 days- by John Gessner Jan 17, 2020 Burnsville Eagan Sun/Thisweek News

In her first 100 days on the job, School District 191 Superintendent Theresa Battle oversaw a successful levy referendum campaign and preparations to close three schools and redraw attendance boundaries.

“You have had quite a first 100 days, unlike, I’m sure, many, most superintendents, and you’ve handled the challenges with grace and thoughtfulness,” Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School Board Chair Abigail Alt told Battle Jan. 9.

Battle gave the board a report on her first 100 days, from her official start on July 1 through November. The longtime St. Paul school administrator replaced former Superintendent Cindy Amoroso, who retired.

Battle described her first employment phase as “listen and connect.”

“This phase was highlighted by a great deal of visibility for me as I got to know the stakeholders,” she said.

The period included an appearance at the summertime “Rockin’ Readers” program in Nicollet Commons Park.

“It was a wonderfully warm day, and the students were engaged, and we read a book about the sun and other planets,” Battle said.

Battle said she introduced herself further at a “welcome back” staff rally that kicked off the school year. Gov. Tim Walz and Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker attended.

On the first day of school Battle helped middle school students with their locker combinations.

“Which might be the most stressful part of the first day for some middle school students,” she said. “And I could still do it. I opened the locker — several of them.”

Other highlights included taking in a Burnsville High School pep fest, visiting the school’s Pathway classes and holding her first executive team retreat, Battle said.

Her “learn and connect” phase included “deep dives” into the district’s structures and systems, including student performance data, policies and contracts.

There were briefings on “topics that required immediate attention,” Battle said. Those included contract negotiations, the facilities study that led to a December board vote for three school closings, the successful November levy referendum that raised $1.7 million in new funding annually, the budget and enrollment.

Among the many community contacts she’s made, Battle said she joined the Burnsville Rotary, a tradition for District 191 superintendents.

“I have to continue to further strengthen relationships and build trust among all District 191 stakeholders,” Battle said.

“I try to get into schools twice a week for a minimum of two hours each day,” she said.

After introductions to the district, Battle said her leadership phase included refining priorities and setting specific actions for the levy campaign and facilities process.

“I cannot thank the community enough for the passage of our levy,” she said.

Leadership included writing a statement of response to an MPR News story about alleged racial tensions between some staff and students at Metcalf Middle School, she said.

Battle said she’s done several media interviews and submitted local newspaper columns.

Current tasks include preparing the 2020-21 budget and redrawing attendance boundaries, Battle said.

“We are about to embark on the boundary adjustments and are sharing those options with the community,” she said.

It was an exciting first 100 days, “but not as exciting as the first 100 days for the kindergartners,” Battle said. “If you’ve never experienced that when they celebrate, please talk to a kindergartner.”
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Battle is praised for calm leadership 2021June 17, 2021 St. Paul Pioneer Press

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Battle led district successfully, board says 2021June 18, 2021 Burnsville Eagan Sun/Thisweek News

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Superintendent Theresa BattleSuperintendent Theresa Battle, 2021.
Theresa Battle led District 191 successfully, board says - 2021 Battle led District 191 successfully, board says

John Gessner Jun 17, 2021 Burnsville Eagan Sun/Thisweek News

District 191 superintendent’s first 100 days

Review cites pandemic, community relations
Superintendent Theresa Battle successfully led District 191 through the pandemic while meeting personal work goals and professional standards, the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School Board said in its annual job review.

“Most notably,” said a statement read June 10 by Vice Chair Lesley Chester, “both the board and Superintendent Battle noted Dr. Battle being highly effective at community relationship building, her approachability and visibility in our schools and community, her professional knowledge of teaching and learning, and her culture of cooperation.”

The board met with Battle in a closed session May 27 to conduct her second review since she became superintendent. Board members evaluated her on four personal goals and 25 standards for superintendent performance recommended by the Minnesota School Boards Association.

The personal goals were collaborating with the board “around prospective board member support and board members’ roles in increasing district enrollment”; putting in place a revised district strategic plan by February 2022; developing a timeline and process for setting the 2021-22 budget; and providing leadership to “strengthen school/community relationships, diverse communities and cultural competence.”

The board’s evaluation and Battle’s self-review found her meeting the annual goals and “performing effectively” under the MSBA standards, Chester said.

She kept the health and safety of children and staff “at the forefront of all decisions” during the pandemic, Chester said.

“The board admires her calm leadership, science- and values-driven decision making, and commitment to community engagement, as these assets were essential for her success,” Chester said.

For the coming year Battle offered two new personal goals: improving and helping promote cultural competency, and strengthening relationships with board members.

Board Chair Eric Miller suggested a third: delivering a dashboard showing district performance in areas such as student achievement, cultural proficiency, financial management and partnerships. Such a project wouldn’t be finalized until the board finishes updating its strategic plan.

Board Member Abigail Alt suggested the goal of creating a job performance evaluation process for Battle’s cabinet members and the districtwide administrators group.

Battle joined the district in July 2019 after working for 28 years over two tenures as a teacher and administrator in the St. Paul Public Schools. Under a three-year contract, her initial salary was set at $187,000, with 1% raises in each of the following two years.
Superintendent Theresa Battle message to community 2019September, 2019 Superintendent Theresa Battle's first column is published in the District 191 course listing.
Superintendent Dr. Sally Bell's report to the communityThe 1988 - 1989 Superintendent's Message from Dr. Sally Bell appearing in the annual report to the community.
Burnsville's school chief Sally Bell works toward goal of being best 1987Minneapolis Star Tribune - July 30, 1987 features Sally Bell, School District 191's first woman superintendent...
Superintendent Hugh Holloway 1967 - 1975Hugh Holloway, Superintendent.
Robert Tschirki 1975 - 1981Superintendent Robert Tschirki 1976.
Oliver Bakken 1966 acting SuperintendentPage 43 - Acting Superintendent Oliver Bakken.
Board approves three year contract with new superintendent. 2019.May 3, 2019 Burnsville Eagan Sun/Thisweek News: Board approves three year contract with Theresa Battle, as new superintendent.
Interim superintendent (Amoroso) brings enthusiasm, experience to Burnsville-Eagan-Savage schools 2017The Savage Pacer - August 3, 2017 interviews interim superintendent Cindy Amoroso as a new school year begins. For the past four years she has been the assistant superintendent in District 191 where she worked alongside Joe Gothard, who left the District to lead St. Paul Public Schools.
John Metcalf 1955 - 1966Photo 1961 John Albert Metcalf of Shakopee.
Superintendent of Burnsville Schools 1955- 1966 and State legislator 1967-1971.
Metcalf school named in his honor.
Theodore Foot to take superintendent job in New York 1986August 12, 1986 Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that School District 191's Superintendent Theodore Foot has accepted a job in upstate New York....He has been in Burnsville almost five years...
Introducing Superintendent Joe GothardApril 19, 2013 Minneapolis Star Tribune reports on the selection of Joe Gothard as the new superintendent.
A photo tribute to John MetcalfFollowing his death in 1975 this photo tribute of John Metcalf was published by the Sun Newspaper
John Metcalf retiresJohn Metcalf retired as superintendent in 1967 after 12 years.
John Metcalf dies Obituary for John Metcalf who died December 26, 1975.
Theodore FootTheodore Foot, Superintendent, photo 1985.
Dr. Theodore Foot 1981 - 1986Superintendent Theodore Foot.
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