Despite a snowstorm that forced early school closings and activity cancellations in the Twin Cities metro, the Anoka-Hennepin School District gathered to select its new superintendent Thursday night.
Shortly after 10:20 p.m., the district announced David Law will lead the state's largest school district once Dennis Carlson retires at the end of June. The board is now beginning negotiations with law.
"We are pleased to have selected a new superintendent who is talented, passionate about doing what's best for students, and excited to return to Anoka-Hennepin School District," said School Board Chair Tom Heidemann. "We believe David Law will do a great job for our schools and our community and we are eager to work with him."
Although Heidemann described all the finalists as "well qualified," board members were particularly impressed with Law's energy and management skills.
Law was educated in the Anoka Hennepin School District and attended Sorteberg Elementary School and Northdale Middle School before graduating from Coon Rapids High School. He earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics at Hamline University and also earned a law degree at William Mitchell College of Law. His superintendent's licensure was completed at the University of Minnesota.
After teaching in California for a year, Law returned to teach math at Coon Rapids High School before serving as assistant principal at Sandburg Middle School in Anoka for 7 years.
For the past four years, he has served as the assistant superintendent in the White Bear Lake School District and taught as an adjunct professor with both the University of Minnesota and Bethel University.
Law also has three children attending schools in the Anoka-Hennepin School District.
ANOKA-HENNEPIN SUPERINTENDENT FINALISTS
- Michelle Langenfeld, Green Bay School District superintendent and former Anoka-Hennepin administrator
- David Law, assistant superintendent in White Bear Lake Area Schools
- Jeff McGonigal, associate superintendent for high schools in Anoka-Hennepin