After 39 years in education, Superintendent Robert Laney has announced his plan to retire on June 30, 2018. The School Board formally accepted Mr. Laney's retirement letter at the Board meeting on November 15, 2017. Mr. Laney has served as Superintendent of St. Anthony-New Brighton School District since 2012. In retirement, Mr. Laney plans to spend more time with his wife Susan, their two children Molly and Drew, and granddaughter Peyton Marie.
Superintendent Laney describes his six years in St. Anthony as interesting and enjoyable. In an email to district staff, Mr. Laney shared, “During my time here, I have had the pleasure and honor of working with wonderful people who are also excellent professionals. I want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for the great work you do with our young people every day.”
Under the leadership of Mr. Laney, our District successfully passed a levy referendum in 2014, which renewed the operating levy and initiated a capital projects levy for curriculum and technology, and a bond referendum in 2017 to expand Wilshire Park Elementary School.
Mr. Laney has spent his career as a leader who champions the success of all students. Mr. Laney mentored several students at St. Anthony Village High School, encouraging them to pursue post secondary education, and writing letters of recommendation for colleges. Mr. Laney also developed relationships with preschoolers in the district and serves as a monthly guest reader. The only students in the district who refer to Mr. Laney as ‘Bob’ are our preschoolers who often announce Bob as “the President” or, at other times, “a grandpa in training.”
Before accepting the superintendency in St. Anthony, Mr. Laney spent 22 years in St. Louis Park as a building and district level administrator. In his tenure as Principal at St. Louis Park High School, Mr. Laney was instrumental in developing BARR (Building Assets Reducing Risks) to support the development of 9th graders to increase the retention of students in high school and likelihood to graduate. The BARR Program has since been implemented nationwide, in 80 school districts in 13 states.
In retirement, Mr. Laney plans to spend more time with his wife Susan, their two children Molly and Drew, and granddaughter Peyton Marie.