Ted Schultz, current Activities Director at Bloomington Jefferson High School, will lead the activities program for the Minnetonka High School Skippers beginning July 1. The Minnetonka School Board approved the Activities Director appointment at the Regular School Board Meeting on May 6.
“We are quite impressed with his focus on student development and the importance he places on all activities, not just athletics, for helping students succeed with their goals,” Tim Alexander executive director for human resources told the Board on Thursday. “He has also proven himself to be a leader within his conference and among AD’s throughout the Minnesota State High School League. Schultz was instrumental in negotiating the new three-conference scheduling agreement between the South Suburban, Northwest Suburban and Lake Conferences.” Schultz sees the agreement as a positive. “It is a unique partnership. We were able to put all the politics aside and say, ‘Hey, What’s best for kids?’ The spirit of cooperation is really what made that work,” Schultz said. The agreement puts to rest the difficult question of conference alignment for the next five years.
Schultz holds a Minnesota principal license, has a Masters in Educational Leadership from Minnesota State University-Mankato, and is a certified athletic administrator. He was recently selected to serve as the Region 3AA Representative on the Minnesota State High School League Board of Directors, a position he will need to abdicate with his move out of the region.
“I’m honored and humbled to be the named the Activities Director for Minnetonka,” Schultz said in an interview. “Minnetonka High School offers the four A’s: Academics, Athletics, Arts and Activities; I think that combination in the high school allows any student to be successful... To be a part of that and help shape student success has always been a goal of mine. When students are involved, they are more tuned into school and the educational experience is much better.”
In Bloomington, Schultz administered all aspects of the Jefferson High School student activities program, served as chair for the Lake Conference Athletic and Activities Directors, and served on the Bloomington Theatre Board. He is an adjunct faculty member for the University of St. Mary’s Educational Leadership Program. Earlier in his tenure with Bloomington, he served as Athletic Director for the district, coordinating 132 high school teams and 24 middle school teams, as well as developing the Bloomington Safe House, a chemical use prevention program. He also served in various management roles for state tournaments for boys and girls hockey, lacrosse, and adapted athletics.
Minnetonka High School serves 2,800 students in grades 9 – 12. Eighty percent of the students participate in co-curricular activities at Minnetonka High School.