Minnesota educator named Salt Lake City School District superintendent

Timothy Gadson III was appointed superintendent of the Salt Lake City School District by unanimous vote of the district school board. | Salt Lake City School District

SALT LAKE CITY — A Minnesota educator has been selected as the next superintendent of the Salt Lake City School District.

The Salt Lake City Board of Education voted unanimously in its selection of Timothy Gadson III, associate superintendent of high schools with Anoka-Hennepin Schools in Anoka, Minnesota.

He will be extended a two-year contract and will start in July.

Gadson is believed to be the first Black educator to lead a Utah school district, according to the Utah School Superintendents Association.

Gadson was selected among three finalists, who also included Jharrett Bryantt, an executive leader in the Houston Independent School District, and Wendy González, superintendent of Page County Public Schools in Luray, Virginia.

The board conducted a nationwide search and received 33 applications for the position with candidates from 19 states. The search was facilitated by the executive search firm Ray and Associates, based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The finalists were announced on Feb. 10, and the candidates traveled to Salt Lake City last week for interviews with the school board, to visit schools and talk to employees, students, parents and community stakeholders.

Gadson received his bachelor’s degree in business economics and secondary education from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Florida, and his master’s and doctorate degrees from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington.

He has served as an assistant principal and principal at various levels in Broward County and Palm Beach County in Florida. He was also district director of secondary education while employed with Palm Beach County School District. He also led reform and transformation efforts at several high schools in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with a private firm from 2010-12.

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Gadson supervised high school operations for the Austin (Texas) Independent School District, served as associate superintendent with Atlanta Public Schools and was executive director of curriculum and schools with Robbinsdale Area Schools in New Hope, Minnesota.

The Salt Lake City School District serves 21,460 students K-12. Ethnic minorities make up more than half of its students and the district serves a significant refugee population. Some 54% of Salt Lake students come from low-income households and more than one-third of its students are learning English as a second language. Some 90 languages are spoken by families in the district.

Larry Madden, a longtime science educator and administrator, has served as interim superintendent since July. He did not seek a permanent appointment and plans to retire from the school district later this year.

Madden succeeded Superintendent Lexi Cunningham, who along with the school district’s business administrator, Janet Roberts, resigned last year amid conflict with the board and divisions among board members themselves. Cunningham and Roberts served until the end of the 2019-20 school year.

Cunningham was later selected as the executive director of the Utah School Superintendents Association.

This story will be updated.

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Source:: Deseret News – Utah News


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