Robbinsdale Area Schools

Principal Announcement

Dear Sandburg Family,

With mixed emotions, I am announcing my departure from Sandburg – but not from Robbinsdale Area Schools. I accepted the districtwide position of Executive Director of Student Services, a cabinet position that has been vacant for the past 18 months. My last day as your principal has not yet been determined, but will be in the coming weeks. 

My respect and appreciation for Sandburg students, families and staff made this a difficult decision. I love coming to work, helping each student feel welcome, and working with our dedicated staff and teachers. 

The work I’m most proud of at Sandburg is the family culture we established. This work is a powerful demonstration of what happens when students and adults in the school community work together to make the school a more inclusive and welcoming place for everyone.

Even during the last two years and dealing with a global pandemic, we have been able to maintain the family feeling at Sandburg. I thank you most deeply for making my tenure as your principal a rewarding time for me, both professionalIy and personally. I wish you all the best. 


John Groenke