At its meeting April 25, the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Board of Education unanimously approved a three-year contract with Dr. Theresa Battle to serve as superintendent starting July 1, 2019.
“We know that Dr. Battle will leverage the breadth and depth of her professional career to lead us through challenges and celebrations alike, and that she will help us build on our current work to ensure each student is Future Ready and Community Strong,” said Board Chair Abigail Alt.
Battle is currently an assistant superintendent for St. Paul Public Schools. Her previous experience includes district leadership roles in Minneapolis Public Schools and Osseo Public Schools. She started her career in education as a teacher and has also served in school leadership and curriculum and instruction leadership roles. She holds an educational doctorate degree and masters of arts degree from the University of Minnesota.
“I am excited to be joining the District 191 community to build on the great work that is already being done,” Battle said. “As I've started to get to know the district, it’s clear that there is a deep passion and commitment to success for each student."
As superintendent, Battle will be the district's chief executive officer and will be responsible for the oversight of operations and decisions in the district. Her salary will be $187,000 in the first year of the contract and will increase by 1% in each of the next two years. The board also approved an addendum to the contract that would provide up to $6,000 to cover moving expenses incurred between July 1, 2019 and Jan. 1, 2021.
Alt said the contract was intended to recognize the experience, skills and education Battle brings to District 191, while also respecting the district’s financial situation.
“We just came through a difficult budget process and the financial pressures we face are unlikely to subside,” Alt said. “With that in mind, we simply can’t sustain large salary increases. This contract is just the first of many that will be negotiated this year, and it reflects our financial reality.”