School Board Email to ISD 748 families

  • March 16, 2021

    ISD 748 Families--

    The Sartell-St. Stephen School Board is very happy to officially announce that Dr. Jeff Ridlehoover (pronounced Ry-dell-hoover) will be our next superintendent starting in July.  

    Schwiebert announces retirement
    Superintendent Jeff Schwiebert announced his plans in December 2020 to retire in June 2021. Following this announcement, the School Board contracted with School Exec Connect to conduct the superintendent search. We had a very strong group of candidates who applied, and our three finalists were all excellent leaders in their own right. We believe that the strength of the whole field speaks well of the work we are doing as a District, and the desire that great leaders have to be a part of the Sartell-St. Stephen School District now and in the future. 

    Stakeholders develop a profile of a superintendent
    The School Board developed a profile by listening to all of our stakeholder groups (students, teachers, staff, community, etc.). The School Board consensus was that Dr. Ridlehoover was the only candidate to fully meet the complete profile developed by our stakeholders. 

    Experience, education, skills, and knowledge 
    We were impressed with Dr. Ridlehoover’s candor and the way he addressed the needs placed before him in the community forum, and we felt that his set of skills and experience best met the needs of the Sartell-St Stephen School District.  

    Through interviews, community forums, and the whole application process, School Board members felt Dr. Ridlehoover is:

    • a visionary instructional leader - Jeff has a wealth of experience in high-performing districts and depth of knowledge with our educational environment needs. 
    • an excellent communicator - Jeff will be a great spokesperson for the Sartell-St. Stephen communities and schools.

    The School Board looks forward to Jeff Ridlehoover being in the District and for all of our students, teachers, staff and entire community to meet him and see what we saw when we chose to offer him the superintendent position.  We all believe that he will be a great addition to our district.   

    Thank you, Jeff Schwiebert
    We also want to take a moment to thank Jeff Schwiebert and the leadership that he has brought us over these past 7 years.  He has led us through many transitions in the District, and helped us to be the District we are today. 


    Sartell-St. Stephen ISD 748 School Board

    Jeremy Snoberger - Chair
    Jason Nies - Vice Chair
    Amanda Byrd - Clerk
    Matt Moehrle - Treasurer
    Patrick Marushin - Director
    Tricia Meling - Director

Superintendent Search Update

  • March 15

    The Sartell-St. Stephen ISD 748 School Board has approved a contract with Dr. Jeff Ridlehoover to be the new superintendent starting July 1.

    Sartell-St. Stephen ISD 748 Superintendent Jeff Schwiebert announced his plans in December 2020 to retire in June 2021. Following this announcement, the School Board contracted with School Exec Connect to conduct the superintendent search.

    Dr. Jeff Ridlehoover is the assistant superintendent for Mounds View Public Schools and an adjunct professor at Hamline University. Prior, he was principal of Mounds View High School and associate principal of Wayzata High School. Ridlehoover has his EdD in Education from Hamline University, Masters of Arts in Education from the University of St. Thomas, and his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota.

    Dr. Ridlehoover

    March 11

    The Sartell-St Stephen School District has voted to enter into negotiations to make Dr. Jeffrey Ridlehoover our next Superintendent.

    March 3

    The School Board has chosen three finalists for Superintendent. Each candidate will spend a day in District the week of March 8. The following events are open to the public on the dates below (please see below for directions on how to get the Zoom link for public events):

    • 5p - community listening session
    • 7:15p - final board interview

    Monday, March 8: Dr. Jeffery Ridlehoover
    Assistant Superintendent Mounds View Public Schools

    Wednesday, March 10: Mrs. Kay Nelson 
    Assistant Superintendent Sartell-St. Stephen Schools

    Thursday, March 11: Mr. Greg Johnson
    Superintendent Albany Area Schools

    Please click here for professional experience and education background for the six finalists (prepared by School Exec Connect).  


    To participate in the public events, please:

    • Visit our Board Book (link via our School Board page or click here)
    • Click the Agenda link for the date/time you'd like to attend
    • Click the hyperlinked HERE (screen shot below)

    Board Book RSVP


    March 1

    The Sartell-St. Stephen School Board selected the following six candidates - listed alphabetically - from a pool of 18 applicants during a special meeting March 1:

    • Ms. Janell Bullard
      Executive Director Meeker and Wright Special Education Coop
    • Mr. Kevin Enerson
      Superintendent Pipestone Area Schools
    • Mr. Greg Johnson
      Superintendent Albany Area Schools
    • Mrs. Kay Nelson 
      Assistant Superintendent Sartell-St. Stephen Schools
    • Dr. Jeffery Ridlehoover
      Assistant Superintendent Mounds View Public Schools
    • Dr. Kristine Wehrkamp
      Executive Director of Community Education Robbinsdale Area Schools

    Please click here for professional experience and education background for the six finalists (prepared by School Exec Connect). 

Superintendent Search

  • January 2021
    Letter from Sartell-St. Stephen ISD 748 School Board
    The Sartell-St. Stephen School District 748 Board of Education has contracted with School Exec Connect, a superintendent search firm, to assist with the search for a new superintendent.  Board members want you to be informed of the process that we will be following as we conduct the search for a new superintendent.  Additionally, we hope that you will give your input to assist us in making the best selection possible.

    To begin the process, the School Exec Connect consultants, Dr. Kenneth (Ken) Dragseth and Mr. Robert (Bob) Ostlund will meet virtually with board members, school staff, parents, students, and community members individually and in focus groups in the next couple of weeks to determine the challenges, strengths, goals of our district and what characteristics or skills you would like to see in a superintendent.  Additionally, our staff and community members will have the opportunity to give confidential written feedback to the consultants via our website linked to a questionnaire in Survey Monkey.

    Using this information, we will develop a profile of the desired skills and characteristics in the next superintendent.

    The position will be advertised, and candidates will be recruited from January 8 through February 24.   On March 1, the Board and consultants will meet to review and select candidates to be initially interviewed.  The Board will interview five or six recommended candidates on March 2nd and 3rd. On March 3rd the Board will narrow the field to two or three finalists.  The next round of individual interviews will occur on March 8th, 9th and 10th (if needed).  Each finalist will be interviewed virtually or in-person in a process with staff, student and community involvement as well as a final formal Board interview.  The Board will ask staff, students and community to provide input into the selection by their participation in a question-and -answer session with each finalist and completion of a feedback form to be shared with the Board.   We plan to act on the new superintendent’s contract in March. 

Interested Applicants

Last Modified on March 16, 2021