At a special meeting Friday, the Eden Prairie School Board unanimously approved a motion to begin contract negotiations with Curt Tryggestad to become the district’s next superintendent.
Tryggestad was one of three finalists who visited the Eden Prairie district this past week, took a tour of the facilities and were interviewed by the board. The others included Dr. Gerald Hill, the superintendent of schools from Glenview, Ill., and Dr. Michael Meissen, the superintendent of schools from Lombard, Ill. Tryggestad’s anticipated start date in Eden Prairie is July 1.
Curt Tryggestad has been superintendent at Little Falls Community Schools since 2006. His previous administrative positions include superintendent at Esko Public Schools for three years and secondary principal at Pine City Public Schools for six years. Tryggestad began his career in education as an instrumental music instructor.
The Eden Prairie Board chose Tryggestad because of his technology initiatives, fiscal management and academic achievements in Little Falls. The Smart Board initiative, WiFi and server upgrades, iPad pilot program and the Resources to Engage All Learners (Project REAL), promoting 21st Century education methods, are all programs that Tryggestad has promoted in the Little Falls School District. He was appointed to the Minnesota Online Learning Advisory Committee, a position he will fill through next year. Tryggestad has expertise in areas of academic technology as a presenter to many education groups over the past year and has been invited to be a presenter at the Apple Leadership Summit this May in Chicago.