The Robbinsdale Area School Board announced last week that it offered the superintendent position to Dr. Carlton Jenkins, who verbally accepted. Dr. Jenkins will replace Dr. Aldo Sicoli who resigned to take the superintendent job at Roseville Area Schools. Jenkins was chosen with a 7-0 vote.
Dr. Jenkins comes to the district from Atlanta Public Schools, where he served as the chief academic officer. Jenkins spent four years (2010-14) as the superintendent of the Saginaw Public Schools, a district in Michigan with 7,500 students (15 schools, including 10 elementary schools, 1 middle school and 3 high schools). He came to this position after serving for four years as the executive director of secondary leaders (and being a high school principal) in the Beloit Public Schools system in Wisconsin. Prior to this, Jenkins served as a high school principal in the Columbus Public Schools in Ohio.
His experience also includes one year as a middle school principal, two years as an associate principal at a high school in the Beloit Public Schools and one year as an associate principal at a high school in Madison, Wisc. His teaching career started in 1989 at Beloit Memorial High School. Jenkins earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the same school where he earned his Master of Science in Educational Administration. He is credited with increasing graduation rates in Saginaw by 14 percent.
“The Board is thrilled to offer the superintendent position to someone of Dr. Jenkins’ caliber,” said Sherry Tyrrell, chair of the School Board. “Dr. Jenkins is a proven leader with a commitment to academic excellence. We know he will bring a high level of energy and expertise to his new role as our superintendent.”
The School Board will now begin negotiating a contract with Dr. Jenkins and plans to confirm the decision at its Aug. 3 meeting. Dr. Jenkins is expected to begin his new position in late August.