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Minneapolis middle school principal removed after parents call for 'leadership change'

The principal of Andersen United Middle School in Minneapolis is out after a group of parents interrupted a recent board meeting to call for a leadership change at the school.

Tara FitzGerald, who served as Andersen's principal since 2021, will be "pursuing another opportunity within MPS," according to a letter sent to families. Starting Monday, Ray Aponte will be interim principal for the rest of the school year.

Aponte retired in 2019 after 29 years in the district, where he worked as principal of Waite Park Intermediate, Andersen Jefferson K-8, Northrop Elementary and South High School. He's most recently worked as the director of adventure programming for the Loppet Foundation.


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