The Minneapolis Board of Education voted unanimously to approve a superintendent contract with Ed Graff.
Approving a contract was the final step in MPS’ search for a new superintendent. Graff replaces interim superintendent Michael Goar who ran the district for nearly 18 months following the resignation of Bernadeia Johnson. Goar was up for the permanent job and was a pen stroke away from having the interim tag dropped but community activists disrupted the process and called for the school board to reopen the search process. This was after a nationwide search resulted in the offering and then rescinding of the offer to Sergio Paez. Paez’ selection was immediately derailed when allegations of abuse at his former Boston school district came to light.
This time around MPS board members say they got it right.
“On behalf of the entire board, I’d like to thank everyone — our families, community members, staff, and all those who shared their thoughts — for their efforts to help us find the best superintendent for our district,” said Board Chair Jenny Arneson. “We look forward to welcoming Superintendent Graff to Minneapolis and standing behind him as our new leader.”
Superintendent Graff said he is ready to hit the ground running.
“I’m very excited to have finalized a contract, and I look forward to visiting Minneapolis next week to learn more about the district and the community,” said Graff. “My job is to make sure MPS provides a foundation for every student to achieve their dreams, and I can’t wait to get to work.”
Graff will officially start as the new superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) at the beginning of July.