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School Board approves new superintendent contract

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
JohnSchultz At its meeting on April 18, the Edina School Board unanimously approved a contract with Dr. John Schultz to be the district’s next superintendent. The contract is effective with Schultz’s start of tenure on July 1.  


According to Board Chair Leny Wallen-Friedman, the HR Committee of the Board recently completed negotiations with Schultz, who was selected by the Board in March to replace Dr. Ric Dressen, who is retiring in June. The Board unanimously approved the three-year contract, effective July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2020.


“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with Dr. Schultz and look forward to his official tenure beginning in July,” Wallen-Friedman said. “That being said, we know that he has already been active in the district as part of his transition plan and we appreciate the time and commitment he has already shown to Edina.”    


Wallen-Friedman said that the contract, which includes a base salary of $220,000 for 2017-18, is in alignment with state statute and comparable to other west metro district contracts. The Board did away with the performance pay incentive that was included in Dressen’s contract, citing that it was an ineffective way to evaluate the superintendent. Instead, the contract includes an additional annual performance review, totaling two reviews yearly.


As noted, Schultz has already been active in key decisions, including interview and hiring of principals at Edina High School and Concord Elementary. Schultz has plans for additional gatherings with stakeholders and transition work over the next two months.