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Welcome Interim Principal Karen Wells

Southwest High School this year welcomes Interim Principal Karen Wells as our school community’s new leader. Dr. Wells succeeds Principal Bill Smith, who is retiring later this year. Dr. Wells will serve at Southwest for the full 2017-2018 school year. The search for a permanent principal for the Southwest community will begin early in 2018 and will involve interested staff and members of the school community.

Dr. Karen Wells is a seasoned leader who has been with Minneapolis Public Schools for more than 20 years.  Dr. Wells retired as a building principal in 2014 and has since then been instrumental in coaching and mentoring principals in leadership development. She will provide the strong, stable leadership Southwest needs until the community’s new principal is named for the 2018-2019 school year.

Minneapolis Public Schools looks forward to engaging the school community and staff members later in the school year in a search for Southwest’s next leader.