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Mauri Friestleben Named New Principal of North High School
Tuesday, August 6, 2019 9:50 AM

Dear Lucy Laney Community,

I am writing to share with you that Principal Mauri Friestleben has been named as the new principal of North High School. Assistant Principal Lisa Pawelak has been named as the interim principal at Lucy Laney for the 2019-20 school year. We recognize this will be a big change for you.

As you know, Principal Friestleben has been a committed leader at Laney for the last 10 years. She served as both assistant principal and principal through a period of many changes, and her courageous leadership led to improving outcomes for students, increasing enrollment and more engagement with families. In addition, Principal Friestleben’s work with KARE11 on the “Love Them First” documentary has sparked new ideas and discussion about how to best serve students not only in Minneapolis, but also throughout the country.

We are excited to welcome interim Principal Lisa Pawelak into her new role at Laney. At Laney, she has been a crucial member of the leadership, providing coaching for teachers, supporting students and managing many day-to-day operations. During this time of transition, we could not hope for a more experienced or dedicated leader than Principal Pawelak. More information will be coming soon about a chance to get to know her better.

Minneapolis Public Schools looks forward to engaging the Laney community in the search for your permanent leader. Our goal is to find the best match for your school using a leadership profile created by your community. We will work with the site council, school staff and any interested students and community members to determine the qualities and characteristics your community finds most important in a school leader. To share your thoughts and help inform the leadership profile, we invite you to complete a survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CKZYMQ6.

Thank you for your continued commitment to your students’ academic success. If you have any questions, please contact me at Ronald.Wagner@mpls.k12.mn.us.


Ron Wagner
Associate Superintendent