Valeria Silva

Superintendent of St. Paul Public Schools since 2009. For 25 years previously, she was an educator and administrator in St. Paul Public Schools and with the Minnesota Department of Education. She is the only Latina superintendent of a large urban school district in the United States.

St. Paul
October 4

St. Paul School District outlines bargaining strategy

'Working within our budget' is one aim, but no specific dollar figure given.
St. Paul
September 29
St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Valeria Silva had a buyout clause in the contract that is not in the contracts of similar school districts in Minnesota.

Ex-St. Paul schools Superintendent Silva takes job at New York academy

Ousted superintendent to train school leaders during 2017-18 school year.
East Metro
July 10

St. Paul school district seeks to have discrimination case tossed

Former teacher Aaron Benner has alleged retaliation by district.
St. Paul
July 9

Joe Gothard has pen and pad ready as he takes over as St. Paul schools superintendent

Superintendent aims to listen and make change.
St. Paul
May 31

St. Paul NAACP enters fray in teacher's court case over being targeted

Local chapter 'very concerned' about alleged retaliation against black teacher.
St. Paul
May 25
St. Paul Central High teacher John Ekblad, center, speaks to reporters last month at his attorneys' Bloomington office, recounting the injuries and what he remembers of an assault by a student at St. Paul Central High on Dec. 6.

Battered teacher's case against St. Paul schools dismissed

Federal judge rules Central High teacher's injuries covered by workers' comp.
St. Paul
May 11

Outspoken teacher sues St. Paul schools, alleges retaliation

Aaron Benner alleges district retaliated against him after he accused it of lax discipline practices.
St. Paul
May 5

St. Paul teacher fights district's move to have assault case dismissed

'I'm a mess,' said John Ekblad. Federal judge to decide whether lawsuit qualifies for court review.
St. Paul
April 25
Joe Gothard, superintendent of the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School Dist...

Tough choices ahead for St. Paul as school enrollment drops and new contract looms

Class sizes and dropping enrollment loom as sticking points between school board and teachers union.
East Metro
April 17

Battered St. Paul teacher fights move to dismiss lawsuit over assault

He blames St. Paul schools for lax discipline, but district says courts aren't right venue.
St. Paul
March 29
Parents, teachers and St. Paul community members discussed Joe Gothard...

St. Paul hears from two finalists for top schools job

Community meetings and interviews proceed after one candidate drops out.
St. Paul
March 23

St. Paul names three outsiders as finalists for top schools job

Final choice expected in April after community meetings, site visits.
East Metro
March 9
Ramsey County attorney John Choi announced that officer Jeronimo Yanez...

School safety task force in Ramsey County seeks community help

Group convened by County Attorney John Choi issued recommendations Thursday.
St. Paul
February 7
John Thein, interim superintendent of the St. Paul Public Schools, was introduced by school board Chairman Jon Schumacher on June 22 in St. Paul.

Search is on for St. Paul schools' superintendent

A posting by the search firm Ray and Associates, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, emphasizes a need to "narrow the achievement gap" and advertises a starting salary of about $238,000 — subject to negotiations.
St. Paul
January 28

St. Paul school suspensions are down, but concerns linger, especially over race

Visitors can tell by the plaques on the wall that Melissa Gallagher is proud of her kids. One award, given to son Tyrese, was signed…
East Metro
December 12, 2016
St. Paul Johnson High School held their 2013 Commencement Exercises Mo...

St. Paul schools weigh changing start times

Board may phase in later start time for teens, earlier for elementary students.
St. Paul
November 26, 2016

Valeria Silva, on the outside looking in, still yearns to be a force in education

Ousted St. Paul schools superintendent knows what works for students, interim successor says.
September 5, 2016

New year brings new look at school safety

Injury reports point to tough work ahead.
St. Paul
September 1, 2016

St. Paul schools official named new leader at Generation Next

Michelle Walker, second-in-command of St. Paul Public Schools, succeeds R.T. Rybak as head of education coalition.
St. Paul
August 14, 2016

St. Paul DFLers endorse early childhood educator for school board seat

Jeannie Foster would serve the final 13 months of a vacant seat if elected Nov. 8.
East Metro
August 7, 2016
John Thein, interim superintendent of the St. Paul Public Schools, was introduced by school board Chairman Jon Schumacher on June 22 in St. Paul.

St. Paul schools officials aim to rebuild trust, respect

Superintendent joins board in discussing goals — and how to get there amid changing times.
St. Paul
August 2, 2016

St. Paul school board fills board vacancy

Cedrick Baker, a Metropolitan Council administrator who has helped St. Paul parents navigate the public schools system, was appointed Tuesday to a two-month stint as…
East Metro
July 25, 2016

Interim chief is a calm and steady hand for St. Paul schools

Roseville superintendent left retirement to help his neighboring district heal.
St. Paul
July 4, 2016

Six St. Paul schools will pilot programs on safety, behavior

Six schools face significant challenges in seeking to turn around problem behavior.
St. Paul
June 22, 2016
St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Valeria Silva

Deal struck for Superintendent Silva's exit will cost $787,000

Roseville's John Thein will be interim superintendent. Board Member Jean O'Connell announced she was resigning, effective June 30.