On February 27, the West St. Paul–Mendota Heights–Eagan Area School Board unanimously approved the selection of Peter Olson-Skog as its choice to lead the district as the next Superintendent of Schools.
Olson-Skog was selected from three finalists who visited the district, met with students, parents, staff and community groups, and were interviewed by the board at the end of February. The search process began in January with a series of community meetings and an online, district-wide survey to gather input on the characteristics and skills desired in a new superintendent.
“We are excited to welcome Mr. Peter Olson-Skog to District 197 as our new Superintendent,” said School Board Chair Joanne Mansur. “The board had a rigorous search process that included feedback from not only our teachers and administrators, but also our student and community members. We believe Mr. Olson-Skog will bring strong instructional leadership to our schools, as well as a vision to move our district forward.”
Since 2012, Olson-Skog has been the Assistant Superintendent for Roseville Area Schools leading the district’s Department of Teaching and Learning. During his tenure, Olson-Skog guided the district through several initiatives such as the introduction of personalized learning, a 1:1 technology roll-out, a focus on creating equitable schools, the development of a multi-tiered academic support system for students and the implementation of an instructional coaching model for teachers.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to be selected by the school board to serve as the next Superintendent,” said Olson-Skog. “I look forward to joining such a high-quality organization and together with staff, students, parents and community members, I am excited to continue building a bright future for District 197.”
Olson-Skog was the Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning in Roseville from 2006 to 2009 before becoming the principal of Carver Elementary in North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale Schools. When he started, Carver was not making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) academically, as measured by the State. However, Olson-Skog and his staff implemented improvement efforts that led to the school being named a Reward School by the Minnesota Department of Education in 2012.
Over the course of his career, Olson-Skog has worked as an Evaluation and High Potential Coordinator for North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale Schools and a Gifted and Talented Resource Teacher/Science Specialist for Minneapolis Public Schools. He began his career as an elementary classroom teacher in Oakland, California in 1997.
Olson-Skog holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota - Morris and a Master of Education degree in Human Resources Development from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. He completed his professional administration (Principal K-12) and superintendent licenses through the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Olson-Skog is currently working toward a Doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership and Policy Development, also through the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.
The board approved Olson-Skog’s contract on March 6. His first day in the district will be July 3, 2017.
Current Superintendent Nancy Allen-Mastro announced in November 2016 that she would be retiring at the end of the school year.