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Steve DeLapp

February 1, 2012:

I plan to retire at the end of this current school year although I won’t exactly disappear as my next step professionally will be to mentor and support our new principal through a transition period next fall. This is my twentieth year as principal of Barton Open School. My career in education began forty years ago when I taught a class of 36 sixth graders! I taught all elementary grades during the first half of my career, in rural, urban and suburban communities, and spent a few years teaching at the university level before I ended up as a principal of an open school in central Ohio in the latter 1980s. Family connections in Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Public School’s long-term support for Open Schools drew me to the Barton principalship in 1992, and I’ve never considered another position since then. 

Our Leadership Council will work closely with Associate Superintendent Theresa Battle to provide input regarding what’s desired in a new principal. Superintendent Battle even plans to meet with some of our older students to seek their input. I’m confident the district hiring process will get us the right person, and I’m equally confident that with our excellent teaching staff, our committed and involved families, and our strong linkages to progressive education values, Barton Open School will continue to be a thriving and improving progressive school for years to come.

--Steven R. DeLapp, Principal (email address

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The city's longest-tenured principal to retire
Posted by: Steve Brandt under Politics and government
Updated: February 10, 2012 - 10:26 AM