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Rhonda Dean Named Superintendent of Rockford Area Schools

Rockford Area School Board of Education named Rhonda Dean as superintendent at their special meeting on Wednesday, April 8, 2020.

Dean is currently working as an interim superintendent of Rockford Area Schools. Prior to this position, she worked as the Rockford High School principal during the 2018-19 school year. Dean has also held the principal position at Minneapolis Public Schools from 2014-2018, and Anoka-Hennepin Public Schools from 2008-2014. She was the associate principal at Wayzata High School from 1997 through 2008. Before that, she worked as a teacher at Minneapolis Public Schools. Dean has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business/Finance from Cameron University, and her Master’s in Educational Administration and K-12 Principal and Superintendent Certificate from St. Mary’s University.

Dean commented, “Thank you for the opportunity to serve as Superintendent of Rockford Area Schools.  It is a tremendous responsibility that I take very seriously.  As stated in my interview, and with many of you, I will work doggedly to provide every student in Rockford Area Schools a quality educational experience. I feel fortunate to serve in a district with engaged students, a dedicated staff, involved parents and a supportive community.”

The Rockford School Board hired Dr. Ken Dragseth and Dr. David Clough, consultants with School Exec Connect, to help with the search for a new superintendent.  The search began in February with the goal of having a new superintendent named before the end of April.

On March 30, School Exec Connect presented a slate of six candidates for the Board’s consideration.  The Board chose to interview all six of the recommended candidates through virtual interviews on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. At the end of the evening, the board determined the three finalists.

The three finalists were interviewed on Monday, April 6, 2020, by a stakeholder committee consisting of parents, community members, teachers, administrators, support staff and students.  On Wednesday, April 8, the Board held second interviews with each of the three finalists, selecting Dean for the position.

Chair Amy Edwards said, “I would like to express gratitude to the many members of the community that participated in the superintendent search process.  We expect to bring a contract forward on April 20, 2020, regular session of the School Board.”