Superintendent Search Process

November 21, 2017

Dear Community Members of St. Anthony-New Brighton School District,

Superintendent Robert Laney announced his plan to retire on June 30, 2018, and the School Board formally accepted Mr. Laney's retirement letter at the meeting on November 15, 2017.

As School Board members, we want you to be informed of the process we will be following as we conduct the search for a new superintendent.  We have contracted with School Exec Connect, a superintendent search firm, to assist with the search for a new superintendent and hope you will give your input to assist us in making the best selection possible.

School Exec Connect consultants Dr. Kenneth (Ken) Dragseth and Dr. Antoinette (Toni) Johns will meet with board members, school staff, parents, students and community members individually and in groups to determine the challenges, strengths, goals of our district and what characteristics or skills you would like to see in a superintendent.   

Additionally, our staff and community members will have the opportunity to give confidential written feedback to the consultants at meetings or through an online survey.
Click here to take the online survey (English)
Click here to take the online survey (Spanish)
Click here to take the online survey (Somali)
Please submit feedback by Thursday, December 14, 2017.

Using this information, the consultants will develop a profile of the desired skills and characteristics in the next superintendent and engage in the search process.
• The position will be advertised and candidates will be recruited nationally.
• Board and consultants will meet to review and select candidates to be initially interviewed.
• The Board will interview five or six recommended candidates and narrow to two or three finalists.
• The finalists will be invited for an all day interview process including open forums that will be available to staff, students and community members and a final formal Board interview.
• The Board will ask staff, students and community to provide input into the selection by participating in an open question and answer session with each candidate and filling in a feedback sheet to be shared with the Board.

Please contact Toni Johns (612-309-1511) or Ken Dragseth (952-210-2790) if you have any questions regarding the search or consult their website at

We look forward to your assistance in this search process and believe that your input will help us make the best possible choice for our next superintendent.


Barry Kinsey, Chair                Leah Slye, Vice Chair 
Andrea Scamehorn, Clerk     Dr. Cassandra Palmer, Treasurer  
Laura Oksnevad, Director      Mike Volna, Director