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Longtime Fridley School Board member Kim Sampson retires
Posted 02/06/2019 03:40PM

Fridley Public Schools bid farewell to longtime Board member Kim Sampson who retired from her Board position effective December 31, 2018. Sampson attended her last meeting as a Board member on December 15.  Sampson was first elected to the Fridley School Board in 2000 and has served on that Board for 18 consecutive years. 

A passionate supporter of community and education, Sampson has been involved in the school district in one way or another since her children, daughter Andrea and son Kyle, were students at Hayes Elementary School. Both her children and her husband Dan, graduated from Fridley High School.

As a member of Hayes PTO, she always sought ways that she could give back to the school and the community. During her tenure at the Fridley School Board, Sampson served as director, treasurer, secretary, vice chair and chair of the Board. 

“I feel very privileged to have served the school district in this capacity,” said Sampson, adding that she appreciates and values the people on the Board, their diversity, and the different opinions they bring to their Board work. 

Outgoing School Board Chair Mary Kay Delvo thanked Sampson for many years of service to the school district and community.

“I have very much appreciated the voice you have brought to the Board,” said Delvo, adding that Sampson’s used her finance background to ask meaningful questions that helped educate the rest of the Board on school finance. This also gave staff more understanding of which details needed to be shared to ensure clarity on financial topics during discussions. “I learned a lot from you,” said Delvo.

Sampson’s career in finance began with her post-secondary education at St. Cloud University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and the University of St. Thomas where she received a Master of Business Administration (MBA). Today, she works as a business manager for the software giant, Oracle.

Sampson announced her intent to retire at the end of 2018 at the November Board meeting, a decision she says was based on increased responsibilities at her job.  She noted that the district is in a good place and she felt that it was the right time for her to make this transition.

“I am so excited about our new superintendent, Dr. Kim Hiel,” said Sampson. “She has tremendous experience, energy and the expertise to propel the district into the future we envision,” she said.

Fridley Superintendent Dr. Kim Hiel also thanked Sampson for her service to Fridley families and community and read a formal proclamation from Governor Dayton. The official statement honored Sampson’s 18 years of excellent service to the Fridley school community and the state of Minnesota.

As a member and leader of the School Board, Sampson’s tenure at the Board resulted in many achievements for the school district, including upgrades of aging facilities, expansions at both Hayes and Stevenson elementary schools, the addition of the Fridley Moore Lake Area Learning Center (ALC), district-wide transition to International Baccalaureate (IB) World Schools, implementation of All-Day Kindergarten and Voluntary Preschool (VPK), renewal of levies, district contract labor negotiations, and renewal of policies. Sampson also served as Board representative on the Wellness Committee, Finance and Facilities Committee, Curriculum Committee, Special Education Advisory Committee, Northwest Suburban Integration School District (NWSISD) Board, and North East Metro 916 Board.

Incoming School Board Chair Chris Riddle echoed Delvo’s sentiments on Sampson’s service.  “You were on board when I was first elected 12 years ago,” Riddle told Sampson, “and I hope to continue to keep up the great work that you have helped set us on.”

One of the most notable achievements was the school district’s transition to an International Baccalaureate (IB) World Schools district.  The process from application to authorization to provide IB programming at each school started in 2007. Today, Fridley Public Schools is an International Baccalaureate World Schools district that offers the IB Primary Years Progamme at the elementary schools, Middle Years Programme at the middle school and high school, the Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme at the high school.  Fridley Public Schools is proud to prepare students for college and careers by offering IB programmes to all its students in Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Sampson, whose children attended and graduated from the University of Minnesota, said that her greatest joy is attending Fridley High School commencement ceremonies and witnessing students graduate from high school.

“I am proud of the work that our district, administrators, teachers and staff are doing to prepare students for college and careers,” said Sampson, adding that the implementation of the district's AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program greatly prepares students by teaching learning skills they can apply and use for life.

Fridley Public Schools would like to thank Sampson for her dedication and commitment to the district. We wish you the best of luck on your next endeavors!

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