Minneapolis Public Schools announced that Dr. Brenda Cassellius, a former MPS administrator, will return to the district as an Associate Superintendent for Area B. Cassellius will also be in charge of leading the high school reform. Minneapolis Public Schools announced that Dr. Brenda Cassellius, a former MPS administrator, will return to the district as an Associate Superintendent for Area B. Cassellius will also be in charge of leading the high school reform.
Cassellius' return marks one of several administrative changes taking place at the start of the 2007-2008 academic year. She will replace Karen Pedersen, who announced her retirement at the end of the summer. Cassellius was assistant principal at the Interdistrict Downtown School from 1999-2000 and at Washburn High School from 2000-2004. Since 2004 she has served as middle school academic superintendent for Memphis City Schools in Memphis, Tenn., under the leadership of former Minneapolis superintendent Dr. Carol Johnson.
Dr. Ben Perry, who was recently selected to head the North Side Initiative, has been named associate superintendent for Area A. He will be filling the position previously held by Von Sheppard, who resigned in July. Perry will continue to lead the efforts around the North Side Initiative in addition to his new role as associate superintendent.
Craig Vana, associate superintendent for Area C, has been reassigned to a new position leading emergency management, self-governed schools and academic policies. He will serve in an interim capacity in Area C until a replacement is named.
When the new school year begins, all three of the district's associate superintendent positions will be filled by new faces. Other administrative changes include the hiring of Patricia Pratt-Cook, another former MPS administrator who went on to become part of Dr. Johnson's staff in Memphis. She has been named executive director of human resources and labor relations, replacing former interim director Dan Loewenson. Loewenson has taken over as the interim board liaison.
Former Patrick Henry High School teacher Ellen Hebert will return to the district to become principal of North High School. She replaces former principal Mike Favor, who accepted a position to become principal of Cooper High in Robbinsdale.