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Leah Bourg joins South St. Paul Schools as Middle School Principal

Leah Bourg photo

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - SSPPS is excited to announce Leah Bourg as the new middle school principal. Leah brings incredible leadership experience from all three levels of the school system (elementary, middle and high school). Leah has served as an administrator at Metcalf Middle School in Burnsville and Crossroads Elementary in St. Paul. She also has 10 years of International Baccalaureate teaching experience. Leah has experience establishing and leading Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) to increase student achievement and improve building climate. Throughout her years, she has also been a leader and teacher of technology for her colleagues. 


Student Support Model

As part of the $4.1 million budget adjustments approved by the board in April, the district is moving ahead with its recommendation to restructure the student support model at each level (elementary, middle school and high school). This restructure includes a principal and assistant principal at each site, as well as two counselors, two student support (behavior) assistants, one student support (behavior) specialist, an MTSS leader and an IB coordinator. 

The student support model was implemented after community conversations in 2019 where parents shared concerns about students needing additional support. Last year, the district was able to hire counselors for each school site and student behavior assistants. 

“With the new comprehensive student support model, we are not only ensuring that our counselors maintain services at every site, but that we will be able to continue providing the needed support and services that students, families and staff desire,” Superintendent Dave Webb said. 

2020-21 Student Support Model graphic