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Superintendent Schultz announces retirement

Feb. 5, 2021 - Superintendent Dr. John Schultz has announced his intent to retire at the end of the 2020-21 school year. Schultz joined Edina in July 2017 after serving as superintendent at Hopkins Public School for 11 years.

Schultz’s retirement concludes a 35-year career in K-12 education, beginning as a junior high school science teacher, districtwide science coordinator, and director of teaching and learning, before becoming a superintendent. Schultz is also a faculty member at The Superintendency Institute and an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota’s program for educational leadership development. During his EPS tenure, Schultz guided the district through the development of its next strategic plan and the completion of construction related to the Next Gen Facilities Plan.

"It has been an honor to serve this community,” Schultz said. “Edina Public Schools remains an exemplar of excellence in Minnesota, and that only happens with a collective passion around education and learning. This is truly a community that steps up to help, no matter what the need or circumstance, and after 35+ years in public education, I can tell you this is what makes Edina Schools unique and special."

Schultz’s retirement is effective June 30, 2021. At a special meeting on Feb. 11, the School Board is expected to announce the hiring of a firm to conduct a nationwide search for the next superintendent. The selected firm and the Board will develop a process timeline, to be announced soon.