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School Board

School Board

The School Board provides governance to St. Croix Preparatory Academy.  The Board’s primary responsibilities are fiscal oversight, student achievement, and strategic direction.  The Board consists of parents, faculty, and community members voted into office by the St. Croix Prep community.  Members serve staggering three year terms with annual elections determining new membership.

School Board Election Results

The St. Croix Prep School Board held its annual elections on May 22, 2018.  The election results are:

Parent Candidates
Shane Mueller – 89 votes, elected to a three year term
Kristen Denzer – 71 votes, elected to a three year term

Teacher Candidates
Jake Gottschalk – 58 votes, elected to a three year term
Deb Keyes – 38 votes

Thank you to all of our candidates for their willingness to serve the St. Croix Prep community through their board service.

School Board Meeting Schedule for the 2017-2018 School Year

2017-2018 Meeting dates are:

  • July 18, 2017 – Canceled.
  • August 15, 2017
  • September 19, 2017
  • October 14, 2017 — Board Retreat, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm at Carondelet Center, St. Paul
  • October 17, 2017 — Canceled.
  • November 21, 2017
  • December 19, 2017
  • January 23, 2018
  • February 20, 2018
  • March 27, 2018
  • April 17, 2018
  • May 15, 2018
  • June 26, 2018

For a draft agenda for the June 26 board meeting, click here.
Approved board minutes
All meetings are held at St. Croix Prep, with meetings starting at 6:00 pm.


School Board Meeting Schedule for the 2018-2019 School Year

2018-2019 Meeting dates are:

  • August 21, 2018
  • September 18, 2018
  • October 27, 2018 — Board Retreat, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm at Carondelet Center, St. Paul
  • November 27, 2018
  • January 15, 2019
  • February 19, 2019
  • March 19, 2019
  • April 16, 2019
  • May 21, 2019
  • June 25, 2019

Governance Model

Since its inception, St. Croix Preparatory Academy has followed the Carver governance model.  This model is designed to empower boards of directors to fulfill their obligations of accountability for the organizations they govern.  The model enables the board to focus on the larger issues (e.g. fiscal accountability, student achievement, and strategic initiatives), delegate operational responsibility with clarity (e.g. hiring, curriculum, student discipline, programming, etc.), to oversee management’s job without meddling, and to rigorously evaluate the accomplishment of the organization.

The Board of St. Croix Prep demands accomplishment of purpose and only limits the staff’s means to those which do not violate the board’s understood standards of prudence and ethics.

Board Members

Jim Markoe
Community Member

Shane Mueller
Board Chair and Parent

Nicole Donnay

Deb Keyes

Peggy Rosell

Angie Schumacher 

Kim Pleticha

Bob Hajlo
Board Vice Chair and Parent

Beth Harrison

Advisory Board Members

Jon Gutierrez
Executive Director

Kelly Gutierrez
Chief Operating Officer

Joann Karetov
Lower School Principal

Wanda Renner
Middle School Principal

Andrew Sachariason
Upper School Principal

Cori Wahl
Special Ed Director