Osseo Area Schools is searching for a new superintendent who will lead the district beginning July 2019.  View the superintendent profile.

This website will be updated on a regular basis as the search progresses. Interested stakeholders may also find information in the district’s parent/guardian e-newsletter, 279Connect; in local media; through the district’s social media accounts; and through school-based communications.

All superintendent search-related school board work sessions are video recorded and are available on the district website.


Cory McIntyre selected as new superintendent (2/23/19)

During a special School Board meeting on February 23, the ISD 279 School Board selected Cory McIntyre as its preferred candidate for superintendent of Osseo Area Schools.

McIntyre is currently an associate superintendent in the Anoka-Hennepin School District. His previous experience included serving as a system-level leader in Anoka-Hennepin, North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale, Hudson (WI), and Rochester (MN). He was a special education coordinator in Auburn (WA) and a school psychologist in the state of Washington and in Blue Earth (MN). McIntyre earned his superintendent license from the University of Minnesota. He holds a master’s degree in education and a specialist certificate in school psychology, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and biology.

"Mr. McIntyre brings valuable experience in a large district, and he has the ability to step in and lead a district of our size,” said Board Chair Mike Ostaffe. “While it was challenging at times, we used a very open process that allowed for meaningful student, staff and community involvement. We now look forward to working with our new superintendent on the district’s priority work."

The board’s decision concludes an extensive selection process that involved approving a superintendent profile based on community input; hiring a professional search firm; conducting two rounds of school board interviews; and offering multiple stakeholder question and answer sessions and public presentations.

The board authorized Chair Ostaffe and Vice Chair Jessica Craig to enter into contract negotiations with McIntyre. Pending successful contract negotiations, the new superintendent will begin his new role in July 2019.


Interview activities for Dr. Ryan Laager rescheduled due to weather-related school closing (2/20/19)

Due to the weather-related cancellation of February 20, the interview activities for Dr. Ryan Laager, superintendent of the Belle Plaine Public School District, have been rescheduled as follows:

Friday, February 22 

  • 5:00-6:30 p.m.   Public presentation followed by community Q&A, Osseo Senior High Auditorium

Saturday, February 23 

  • 1:00-2:00 p.m.   School Board Interview, Educational Service Center, Board Room
  • Following Dr. Laager's interview, the board will take a recess, then return for discussion and selection of next superintendent; Educational Service Center, Board Room

School Board names three finalists for second-round interviews (2/12/19)

Three finalists have been invited to participate in second-round interviews for the position of superintendent of Osseo Area Schools:

  • Lisa Sayles-Adams, Assistant Superintendent, St. Paul Public School (interview date February 19)
  • Dr. Ryan Laager, Superintendent, Belle Plaine School District (interview date February 20)
  • Cory McIntyre, Associate Superintendent, Anoka-Hennepin School District (interview date February 21)

At 5:00 p.m. on their designated interview day, each finalist will give a public presentation on a specific topic followed by an open Q&A session.

At 7:30 p.m. on their designated interview day, each finalist will participate in a public interview with the school board. All finalist interviews are open to the public (meetings dates/times are subject to change). Interviews will be webstreamed and live cablecast on Channel 21, and archived on the district website. See full schedule.


School Board names five finalists for first-round interviews (2/8/19)

Five finalists have been invited to participate in first-round interviews for the position of superintendent of Osseo Area Schools:

  • Dr. Eric Knost, Superintendent, Rockwood School District (Missouri)
  • Dr. Ryan Laager, Superintendent, Belle Plaine School District
  • Cory McIntyre, Associate Superintendent, Anoka-Hennepin School District 
  • Lisa Sayles-Adams, Assistant Superintendent, St. Paul Public School
  • Steven Troen, Director of Teaching and Learning, Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District 

All finalist interviews are open to the public (meetings dates/times are subject to change). Interviews will be webstreamed and live cablecast on Channel 21, and archived on the district website. 


Superintendent candidates to be named following special meeting on Feb. 8 (2/6/19)

The Osseo School Board will hold a special meeting in the Educational Service Center Board Room at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, to name the first-round interview finalists for the position of superintendent. The meeting will be webstreamed and live cablecast on Channel 21, and will be archived on the district website.

The district website will be updated by 8 a.m. on Feb. 11 with more information about the first-round finalists and the interview schedule. Round 1 interviews will take place next week; Round 2 interviews will be held the week of February 18.


Board meets with search firm, finalizes process and profile (12/4/18)

At a December 4 work session, board members met with School ExecConnect representative Ken Dragseth to finalize the search process and the superintendent profile that describes what the school board is seeking in its next leader. Board members also considered draft contract language. Watch the Dec. 4 school board work session.


Board agrees on timeline and process (11/28/18)

At the school board work session on Nov. 28, board members agreed on a timeline and process for the search to find the next superintendent of Osseo Area Schools. The board intends to hire a search firm, School Exec Connect, to assist with candidate recruitment, screening and the selection process. The superintendent job opening will be posted in mid-December, with interviews taking place in early February. The goal is to select the next superintendent by mid-February. Watch the Nov. 28 school board work session.


Board resumes search for new superintendent (11/13/18)

The Osseo School Board has resumed its search for a permanent superintendent. At a Nov. 13 work session, board members reviewed a timeline of the previous search, confirmed its continuing interest in transparency and consistent communication, and learned about a suggested search framework that was proposed by Interim Superintendent Jim Bauck. Work will resume on Nov. 28, when the board will finalize the timeline, choose a search firm to assist, review staff/board roles, and confirm the superintendent profile. Watch the superintendent search-related portion of the work session