While Michael Goar has taken over Minneapolis Public Schools, former superintendent Bernadeia Johnson has taken over Twitter.
When she quit in November, Johnson said she was leaving to take care of her elderly grandparents. But Tuesday she tweeted that she would soon be ready to announce her next move.
"I will announce my next move to those interested. Promised to make among a group of friends first. No decisions before my trip to Mexico," Johnson said.
On her first day of not reporting to the Davis Center, Johnson wanted the Twitterverse to give her ideas about what she should do next.
"Recommendations for my next role please share #next transitionBJ," she said.
Johnson has been tweeting about her upcoming vacation to Mexico, what she is reading, the Super Bowl and the federal budget. She has also retweeted stories and information shared by education reform groups like MinnCAN.
"Watching @BernadeiaJ retweet since leaving MPS … hard to tell if her next paycheck will be from @MinnCAN or @gennextmsp. not retired tho," said Eric Lind.
Johnson responded with "not retired but feel unleashed from supt role. My opinions are my own."
Committee to request speedy local search
Six members of the Minneapolis school board will recommend that the school board hire a search consultant and move quickly to hire a superintendent.
The full nine-member board will vote on the recommendation Tuesday.
The superintendent search committee wants a search consultant to guide them through creating a profile of what they want in the next district leader. The consultant also will help with community engagement and will ultimately find ideal candidates.
The district's staff estimates that will cost $30,000 to $40,000.
The committee wants to see a new superintendent in place by the 2015 school year, but many of the board members said they'd rather have the best candidate and not rush the process.
"I don't want to limit ourselves by that timeline," said board member Rebecca Gagnon.
The committee will also recommend that the district give preference to a local search firm.
123 candidates on list for Teacher of Year
Education Minnesota has released the names of 123 candidates nominated to be the 2015 Minnesota Teacher of the Year.
Candidates will be interviewed by a panel of community leaders and educators. The winner will be named May 3.
Among those making the first cut is Kristin Shanley, a teacher at Bethune Elementary recently profiled in the Star Tribune.
Also nominated is Kelly Tennison, a Roseville High School teacher who has been recognized for her work supporting Karen and African-American students.
Among the districts with multiple candidates are Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, South Washington County and Robbinsdale.
Last year's Minnesota Teacher of the Year was Tom Rademacher, an English teacher at the FAIR school.