School Board


The School Board provides governance to St. Croix Preparatory Academy.  The Board’s primary responsibilities are fiscal oversight, student achievement, and strategic direction.  The Board consists of parents, faculty, and community members voted into office by the St. Croix Prep community.  Members serve staggering three year terms with annual elections determining new membership.


The Board of St. Croix Prep demands accomplishment of purpose and only limits the staff’s means to those which do not violate the board’s understood standards of prudence and ethics.

Governance Model

Since its inception, St. Croix Preparatory Academy has followed the Carver governance model.  This model is designed to empower boards of directors to fulfill their obligations of accountability for the organizations they govern.  The model enables the board to focus on the larger issues (e.g. fiscal accountability, student achievement, and strategic initiatives), delegate operational responsibility with clarity (e.g. hiring, curriculum, student discipline, programming, etc.), to oversee management’s job without meddling, and to rigorously evaluate the accomplishment of the organization.


Board Minutes from years prior to 2018 are available upon request.  Please contact:

Susan Peterson

District Executive Assistant

Board Members

Shane Mueller

Community Member

Bob Hajlo

Board Vice Chair and Parent

Christoph Brown


Nicole Donnay


Deb Keyes


Jake Gottschalk


Drew Melendres


Kristin Denzer


Advisory Board Members

Jon Gutierrez

Executive Director

Kelly Gutierrez

Executive Director of Finance & Operations

Joann Karetov

Lower School Principal

Amy Kleinboehl

Middle School Principal

Wanda Renner

Principal on Special Assignment

Andrew Sachariason

Upper School Principal

Peggy Rosell

Director of Student Services


St. Croix Preparatory Academy is authorized by Friends of Education.

Friends of Education

11100 Wayzata Blvd, Suite 800

Minnetonka, MN 55305