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Leadership matters: lessons learned in the trenches managing COVID-19 response

This report is intended to supplement Baker Tilly’s analysis of the survey conducted with Minnesota school superintendents asking about lessons learned from managing responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey was open from April 30 through May 12, 2020, and was completed by 78 participants, representing a diverse variety of Minnesota school districts.

In the words of one superintendent in the trenches, “It is important for school district leaders to be a source of strength and hope during a crisis for faculty, staff, students and parents. Sharing this belief together, we can accomplish great things.”

For more information on this topic, or to learn how Baker Tilly can help, contact our school districts specialist, Don Lifto.

Baker Tilly’s analysis

Baker Tilly analyzes the survey results in detail below.

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Survey results

The survey results below include comments from participants.

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Open-ended responses

A summary of feedback from participants for each question where open-ended responses were collected is provided below.

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Don E. Lifto
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