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.

Meeting Calendar

  • July 23, 2019
  • August 20, 2019
  • September 17, 2019
  • October 26, 2019

Board Retreat

8:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Idea Link

321 Main St S #2

Stillwater, MN 55082

  • November 19, 2019
  • January 21, 2020
  • February 18, 2020
  • March 17, 2020
  • April 21, 2020
  • May 19, 2020
  • June 23, 2020

Board Minutes from years prior to 2018-2019 are available upon request.  Please contact:

Susan Peterson

District Executive Assistant

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.

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.

Board Members

Shane Mueller

Board Chair and Parent

Bob Hajlo

Board Vice Chair and Parent

Jim Markoe

Community Member

Nicole Donnay


Deb Keyes


Jake Gottschalk


Kim Pleticha


Kristin Denzer


Advisory Board Members

Jon Gutierrez

Executive Director

Kelly Gutierrez

Chief Operating Officer

Joann Karetov

Lower School Principal

Wanda Renner

Middle School Principal

Andrew Sachariason

Upper School Principal


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

Friends of Education

200 East Lake Street

Wayzata, MN 55391