Saturday, June 09, 2012


Last evening, the Board of Education of the Oshkosh Area School District employed Stan Mack II from Minneapolis to be the District’s Superintendent of Schools, effective July 1, 2012. He will assume his responsibilities upon the departure of the current Superintendent, Don Viegut, who has accepted the position of administrator for Cooperative Educational Service Agency 8.

Mack emerged as the preferred candidate from a national search that was conducted with the assistance of Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, an education search firm located in the Chicago area. In late May, the Board of Education met with five of the applicants that appeared to have the experiences and skills that most closely paralleled the criteria the Board was seeking in the new superintendent, and determined that Mack was best suited to address the current and emerging needs of the Oshkosh District. After his initial interview, the Board invited Mack to spend several days in the District to meet with members of the staff and other stakeholders. The Board provided an open public forum for individuals from the public to meet him and ask him questions.

After the visit to Oshkosh, the Board initiated a comprehensive background check that reviewed court records, his credit report, degree verification, driving record, and other areas. His appointment was the culmination of these activities. The contract approved last evening provides for a salary of $160,000, a performance incentive to address the priority goals of the District as established by the Board, and a $20,000 retirement Minneapolis. He served for eight years in the Osseo Area Schools with 22,000 students
and for four years with the Burnsville, Eagan, Savage School District with 10,000 students. Mack started his educational career in the South Saint Paul Schools as a Special Education Teacher and then Director of Special Services.

Mack received his bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato, majoring in political science and his master’s degree from the University of Minneapolis with a major in educational psychology. He currently is completing his doctorate at the University of Minnesota with a major in education policy and administration. He anticipates receipt of the doctorate in 2013.

As superintendent of the Robbinsdale District, Mack focused on the needs of a diverse student body, instruction, facilities, and finances. During the course of Mack’s nine years in the Robbinsdale School District, he initiated the change from a curricular based to a standards based instructional program, led and supervised the renovation of thirteen schools, and the construction of a new elementary school. During this time, he also worked with the Board to develop a strategic plan that improved instruction and facilitated the reorganization of the district to make it more cost effective.

Mack will relocate to Oshkosh and establish his residency in the School District. He is married and the father of three grown sons. His wife, Margaret, is a middle school principal. His twin sons will be entering their junior years of studies at the University of Chicago and the University of Minnesota. His oldest son is a graduate of Saint John’s University and is a technology/information systems manager for a Minneapolis
technology firm.


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