Cindy Amoroso will serve as interim superintendent for the next two years following unanimous approval of her new contract by the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District Board of Education on May 25.
Amoroso was hired by current Superintendent Joe Gothard and began as assistant superintendent on July 1, 2013. She begins in her new role on July 1 and will continue until June 30, 2019. Gothard is leaving on June 30 to lead St. Paul Public Schools.
“A two-year contract offers us all continuity over time, with Cindy guiding, advising and leading us along our path, as defined by Vision One91,” said Board Chair Abigail Alt. “On behalf of the board, we are pleased to have the opportunity to find a leader like Cindy from within our own ranks, with the talent, knowledge and familiarity of One91 necessary to move us forward with our work.”
Alt praised Amoroso’s leadership in areas including school improvement, student supports, and principal development.
Amoroso’s familiarity with District 191 was an important factor in selecting her. “The Board is committed to Vision One91, the work to redesign the district to meet the needs of today’s learners, and we want the momentum for it to continue,” said Alt. “Cindy has been involved with all aspects of Vision One91 and will be the leader who can continue to move the district forward.”
“In my dealings with Cindy, she is ever a champion of all students,” said Alt. “Her dedication and experience speaks to the continuity and consistency that this board seeks in completing this phase of our Strategic Roadmap.”
Amoroso has nearly 30 years of experience in education, including as a teacher and building-level administrator. Prior to joining District 191, she was the director of curriculum and instruction at Mankato Area Public Schools. She holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, and a specialist degree in educational administration, as well as a Minnesota superintendent’s license. She’s also licensed as a secondary English teacher, elementary teacher and principal.
As interim superintendent, Amoroso will be the district's chief executive officer and will be responsible for the oversight of operations and decisions in the district, in the same capacity as a superintendent would be, said Alt. She will have a salary of $179,000 the first year and $184,000 the second year.