The Minneapolis Board of Education tonight streamlined its process, recommending only one candidate to head the school district — the current deputy superintendent, Bernadeia Johnson — and replace William Green, who is retiring at the end of June.
“Under Ms. Johnson’s leadership, the Minneapolis Public School district developed its current Strategic Plan and is now implementing a bold academic agenda,” said Board Chair Tom Madden. “She has been instrumental in developing turn-around strategies for our under-performing schools, beginning with the North Side Initiative; reorganizing the English Language Learners’ (ELL) department; expanding early childhood opportunities and developing strong systems of accountability.”
Johnson left her work in the financial services sector in 1991 to enter the field of public education. She has worked as a teacher and an assistant principal in the St. Paul Public Schools before becoming principal of an elementary school in Minneapolis.
She served as deputy superintendent in Memphis under former Minnneapolis Superintendent Carol Johnson before returning to Minneapolis. Since then, she has served as chief academic officer and, later, as deputy superintendent.
Check back Wednesday for more coverage of the board’s decision.