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ISD 279 Assistant Superintendent Receives Outstanding Central Office Leader Award

Feb 23, 2016 06:50AM ● Published by Wendy Erlien

Osseo Area Schools Assistant Superintendent Kim Riesgraf (Photo provided by Osseo Area Schools)

The Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) has named Osseo Area Schools Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kim Riesgraf as the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Central Office Leader Award. Riesgraf will be honored for “exhibiting a willingness to take risks, possessing strong communications skills, being a progressive change agent, and having high expectations for self and others,” the district stated in a press release.

 “Dr. Riesgraf, quite simply, is an outstanding educational leader who engenders trust and who has made significant contributions to our school system,” wrote Osseo Area Schools Superintendent Kate Maguire in her letter of nomination. “Kim has demonstrated deep understanding of content and context, an authentic commitment to her own learning, high quality verbal and written communication skills, focused leadership, and collaborative problem solving.”

Riesgraf has been with Osseo Area Schools for 28 years as a teacher, principal, special education director, student services director, and currently as assistant superintendent of administration. During her time at ISD 279, Riesgraf has, according to the district

  • Lead a design team that developed a long-range financial planning framework and model that aligns financial resources with strategic priorities.
  • Facilitated strategic priority teams that developed a collaborative decision-making framework and a plan to increase access to full-day kindergarten and preschool.
  • Lead the development of performance appraisal systems for all management personnel and oversaw the creation of facilities standards used to design a 10-year capital improvement plan. 
  • Lead the school district’s comprehensive project management process to change grade spans to PreK-5, 6-8, 9-12, including designing a new middle school model and new construction and renovations at the district’s three comprehensive high schools. 

Each year, MASA recognizes members for their contribution to public education. Riesgraf will be honored at a statewide recognition ceremony at the March MASA/MASE Spring Conference in Brooklyn Park.

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