Superintendent Ed Graff announced that he will be leaving his post at the end of June today. His announcement comes after a nearly three-week strike by district educators. Graff was appointed by the Minneapolis School Board on July 1, 2016. Last night, he walked out of a school board meeting after students started using profanity as they vocally protested the post-strike school calendar. In October 2021, the school board voted 5-4 to begin negotiations to extend his contract by one year. His contract was otherwise set to expire June 2022. School Board Chair Kim Ellison and Directors Nelson Inz and Siad Ali dissented on Graff’s original appointment. In October, Directors Ali, Adriana Cerrillo, Sharon El-Amin, and Josh Pauly dissented on Graff’s contract extension. Pauly has since resigned.
In an email sent to district principals on March 30, Graff said, "For the past six years the Minneapolis Public Schools Board of Directors has given me the extraordinary opportunity to fulfill a life calling and make a difference in the lives of children. I am proud of what we have accomplished over these six years."
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