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Two District 191 principals will transfer to new schools July 1

Two elementary principals will be transferring to new schools on July 1, following approval by the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Board of Directors June 25.

When an opening developed at Sky Oaks Elementary in Burnsville, Superintendent Joe Gothard invited the other nine elementary principals to consider a move. Jon Bonneville, principal of Hidden Valley Elementary, made a request to transfer to Sky Oaks. Then Kristine Black, principal of Gideon Pond Elementary in Burnsville, asked to move to Hidden Valley.

“I felt both would be a good fit for the schools they were requesting,” said Gothard, so he made the recommendation to the Board of Education. “Both principals look forward to these new leadership opportunities.”

The goal is to have a new principal hired for Gideon Pond Elementary in early July.

Bonneville became the science specialist at Hidden Valley 22 years ago. Since then, he’s taught students at every grade level in the school. He served as interim principal at Sioux Trail Elementary and Metcalf Junior High before being appointed principal at Hidden Valley in 2006.

He has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, administrative licensure K-12, and is currently working on a doctorate in educational leadership at the University of St. Thomas.

Black began her education career by teaching grades K-6 in Florida. She returned to her home state of Minnesota to work in Woodbury as a teacher and lead teacher. Most recently she was an elementary principal with East Metro Integration District for six years before being named as principal at Gideon Pond four years ago.  

She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education (Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida), a master’s degree in elementary education (Winona State), administrative licensure K-12 from Saint Mary’s University.

Posted: Monday, June 29, 2015 - 11:16