Michael A. Baumann began his tenure as superintendent of Lakeville Area Public Schools, Minnesota’s 10th largest district, in July 2017. Baumann believes this is a district with great traditions and a beloved history, and as he works with the Board of Education, district staff, parents and students to shape the district’s bright future, he is committed to honoring the past.
During his time with the district, Baumann served as the district’s executive director of Business Services (CFO) from September 2013 through June 2017. In that role, Baumann directed logistical and financial operations for the district; managing all financial affairs, purchasing and contracts; managing labor negotiations with eight distinct bargaining units; overseeing security emergency management, health and safety, environmental management, student nutrition, custodial services, facilities and plant planning, transportation and information technology services.
Before joining Lakeville Area Public Schools, Baumann served as deputy superintendent, chief business officer, chief financial officer, controller, and technology services manager at St. Paul Public Schools, the state’s second largest district. Baumann is a Distinguished Military Graduate of the University of Minnesota Army ROTC program and served on active duty in the United States Army from 1985 until his retirement in 2005, at the rank of lieutenant colonel. He is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is also the author of Adjust Fire: Transforming to Win in Iraq; a nonfiction book detailing battalion command and efforts of Task Force 1-21 to subdue through counterinsurgency the Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) and Sunni insurgent forces fighting in the Al Dora district of Baghdad circa 2004-2005.
Baumann earned his master of science in education administration from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, and his master’s equivalent in organizational management from the United States Army Command & General Staff College. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Minnesota.
To learn more about Baumann’s goals and plans for his first 90 days in his role, read the Superintendent Transition Plan.