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Interim Board Director and 2022-2023 Interim Superintendent Approved

Interim Board Director and 2022-2023 Interim Superintendent Approved

Minneapolis Public Schools Board appoints interim director and interim superintendent

The Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) Board of Education tonight appointed Cynthia Booker to complete the remainder of the vacant at-large school board seat term, which runs until January 3, 2023. The board also voted unanimously to appoint current MPS Associate Superintendent Rochelle Cox as interim superintendent for the 2022-2023 school year. Her new position begins on July 1, 2022. She will continue in her current position until that time.

Booker is a MPS graduate and brings extensive experience including community-based executive leadership, finance and workforce development. She will join the board at its May 24 meeting.

Associate Superintendent Cox has been with MPS since 1997, when she joined the Early Childhood Special Education department. She has since served in several leadership positions, including recently as Executive Director of Special Education and Health Services. In her current role as Associate Superintendent, Ms. Cox supports 21 elementary schools and their principals.

“I look forward to both the challenges and the opportunities ahead, honoring where we are at and building momentum towards a bright future for MPS,” said Cox. “I believe in our students. I believe in our staff. I’m excited to help our community focus on engagement, academics and stability across our educational system.”

“The board greatly appreciates Ms. Cox’s willingness to lead during this time,” said Minneapolis Board of Education Chair, Kim Ellison. “Her skills, experience, and deep knowledge of our district make her an ideal leader for this moment. We look forward to working in partnership over the next year on behalf of our students, schools and community.”

With an interim superintendent plan in place, the board will now work to develop a process to select the next permanent superintendent, which will include student, staff and community input as well as priorities defined by the board.