Amoroso is interim pick

Cindy Amoroso

Will step in for Joe Gothard in  District 191

Assistant Superintendent Cindy Amoroso is the clear choice to lead District 191 as interim superintendent, School Board Chair Abigail Alt said May 11.

Board members agreed, voting unanimously to negotiate a pact under which Amoroso will assume the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage district’s top job on July 1.

Amoroso will replace Superintendent Joe Gothard while the board seeks his permanent replacement. Gothard is leaving June 30 to become superintendent in St. Paul.

Amoroso’s “overriding focus” on making “concrete change” in the district’s teaching and learning since voters approved the Vision One91 building and technology levies in February 2015 makes her a natural fit,
Alt said.

“Furthermore, as community members shared their perspectives on the upcoming departure of Superintendent Gothard, there was a clear groundswell of support around maintaining our continuity of work, with concerns expressed around even considering an external appointee,” Alt said in a statement.

Gothard hired Amoroso as assistant superintendent in 2013, the year he started in the district. She has nearly 30 years of experience as a teacher and administrator. Before joining District 191, Amoroso was the curriculum and instruction director for the Mankato Area Public Schools. She holds a Minnesota superintendent’s license and has a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and a specialist degree in educational administration. She is licensed as a secondary English teacher, elementary teacher and principal.

As assistant superintendent Amoroso has “championed high expectations for all,” including district principals, Alt said.

“In my dealings with Cindy, she is ever a champion of all students,” Alt said. “Given her engagement across the district, Cindy has a clear understanding of our schools, student and family needs, and community involvement.”