Superintendent Lewandowski to retire after the 2021-2022 school year


To my esteemed colleagues in District 287 and beyond,

I have had the honor of serving as Superintendent of District 287 for the past 15 years. It is with sadness but also wonderful memories that I share with you my plans to retire at the end of the 2021-2022 school year. As part of an extended transition, the board is preparing a reduced contract at .75 FTE until my final retirement on June 30, 2022.

I have had the privilege of leading an organization that endlessly prioritizes the needs of children who attend our programs. For this reason and many others, it has been a career filled with rewarding experiences and a profound sense of purpose. 

Our shared commitment to serving the needs of students, families, and member districts has allowed for many successes and opportunities for partnership. I trust that the on-going commitment from all those in the District 287 community will continue to bring out the greatness in our students. 

I know many are interested in District 287’s transition to a new Superintendent, which will be led by the School Board. It is the Board’s goal to include the voices of all stakeholders in the process. Please see the message below from  Board Chair Regina Neville.

Most Sincerely,

Sandy Lewandowski
Superintendent

Engagement Plan

The Intermediate District 287 School Board is seeking your input as we begin the important responsibility of hiring a new superintendent. View the engagement plan message from the District 287 School Board.

Superintendent Search: Family and Community Engagement

In-person Engagement Session
Monday, September 20, 2021, 6:30-8 p.m.
North Education Center
5530 Zealand Ave. N., New Hope 55428

Virtual Engagement Session
Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 4-4:45 p.m,
Link: coming soon
Live closed captioning provided


A diverse group of District 287 facilitators will partner with our SCHOOL EXEC CONNECT team to engage the unique stakeholders that make up our diverse school district community.

To ensure that we gather as many diverse perspectives as possible, we will have affinity spaces available for members of the LGBTQIA+ community, BIPOC community, and people who speak Spanish and Somali. Live closed captioning will be provided in public virtual meetings, as well as a live sign language interpreter upon request. Please email 287comm@district287.org if you wish to request an ALS interpreter, Somali interpreter, Spanish interpreter or have any other needs.

Our stakeholders will help to determine the strengths, challenges, and goals to achieve in our Intermediate School District and the characteristics or skills they would like to see in the new superintendent. Using stakeholder feedback, we will develop a profile of the desired skills and characteristics in the next superintendent.

More information about engagement sessions for students and staff will be shared once school starts. 

Community Updates

August 17, 2021: Engagement Plan

July 15, 2021: Planning with the Search Firm - watch the meeting

June 29, 2021: Interviewing School Exec Connect - watch the meeting

June 14, 2021: Selecting a Superintendent Search Firm

June 10, 2021: Superintendent search School Board work session - watch the meeting

April 8, 2021: Superintendent search School Board work session - watch the meeting

February 25, 2021: Board work session with the Minnesota School Board Association (MSBA) | Hiring the Right Superintendent (booklet)

January 14, 2021: Superintendent Lewandowski to retire after 2021-2022 school year


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Message from Board Chair Regina Neville

Dear District 287 Community,

As Sandy transitions to retirement at the end of the next school year, I can sincerely say that we have had the “best of the best” and she will be greatly missed. Sandy is a courageous leader and a tireless advocate for our students. She embraces the critical need to strive for racial equity and to become a trauma-sensitive school district. Intermediate District 287 has grown because of her genuine care for our students, her steady leadership, and her development of an extraordinary team of educators. 

You may already know some of Sandy’s career highlights, like receiving the 2020 Kay E. Jacobs Memorial Award from the Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) and being named the 2015 Minnesota Superintendent of the Year. I think we can all agree that her greatest achievement of all is the lasting impact on students’ lives.

While Sandy’s retirement is over a full school year away, the School Board will begin our process to search for and hire a new Superintendent this spring, giving us ample time for an effective transition. As the School Board discusses the transition, we will uphold these guiding principles:

  • Meeting the needs of our students
  • Ensuring that racial equity is central to the process
  • Inviting all stakeholders to have a voice in the process

We acknowledge there will be interest and questions as we begin our work. As plans and timelines are set over the next few months, we will continue to communicate with all those in the District 287 community. We also invite you to visit the District 287 website where updates will be provided throughout the process. 

Please join me in congratulating Sandy on her extraordinary legacy of leadership to District 287. 

Regina Neville
Board Chair, Intermediate District 287

Superintendent Transition

The School Board will begin searching for and hiring a new Superintendent in the spring of 2021, giving the District ample time for an effective transition. As the School Board discusses the transition, it will uphold these guiding principles:

  • Meeting the needs of students
  • Ensuring that racial equity is central to the process
  • Inviting all stakeholders to have a voice in the process

The School Board acknowledges there will be interest and questions as they begin their work. As plans and timelines are set, District 287 will continue to communicate with all those in the school district community.

This web page will be updated as more information is available about the Superintendent transition.

Become the next District 287 Superintendent

Interested candidates are encouraged learn more about Intermediate District 287 and apply though www.bit.ly/be287superintendent no later than November 19, 2021.