Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Superintendent Joe Gothard named Ken Essay as the next principal of Harriet Bishop Elementary School, and that recommendation was approved by the Board of Education at its March 23 meeting.
Essay comes to District 191 from Mankato Area Public Schools, where he had served as a teacher, coach, activities director, and most recently as assistant principal at Garfield School/Dakota Meadows Middle School. Gothard noted that the position drew a strong and experienced field of candidates, with Essay coming out as the clear choice after three rounds of interviews with district administrators, principals, teachers and parents.
“Mr. Essay has a wealth of experience and demonstrated success as an educational leader,” Gothard said. “His passion for and commitment to maximizing the potential of students and staff members is evident, and I’m excited to welcome him to the One91 community.”
Essay will begin his work at Harriet Bishop on July 1. He replaced Erika Nesvig, who was recently named principal at Eagle Ridge Middle School.
Harriet Bishop Elementary School, located at 14400 O’Connell Road in Savage, has 530 students in kindergarten through grade five.