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Superintendent Michael Malmberg

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Michael Malmberg, Minnesota Association of School Administrators’ 2021 Region 5 Superintendent of the Year, has served as Superintendent of ISD 116 since December 1, 2014. Previously, he served as an Elementary Principal and an Assistant Principal  in the Elk River School District starting in 2004. Prior to that time, he served as Activities Director in Willmar Public Schools for four years, and taught elementary school and coached several sports. Throughout his career, he was named as Minnesota Football Class C Coach of the Year and Region 2 Activities Director of the Year.

He earned his B.A. Degree from Concordia College in Elementary Education, specializing and Coaching in 1988; his M. Ed in Educational Leadership and Higher Education from the University of St. Thomas, and Administrative Licensure from North Dakota State University.

He has served as MASA President for Region 5 and is also the current Chair of the th Cass County Children’s Initiative. He is also a board member for the Pillager Family Center.

He is in charge of the leadership and administration of the district, reports to the Board of Education and provides leadership to a growing district of nearly 1,300 students and 200 employees.  His responsibilities include overseeing, planning and implementing the strategic plan, driving a comprehensive curriculum, and building and strengthening relationships within the community.

Contact Information:
(218)746-2100
mmalmberg@isd116.org

High School Principal Jason Savage

Jason Savage is the leader of Pillager High School. He provides leadership to a vibrant and innovative high school of approximately 400 students.

His responsibilities include overseeing. planning and implementing the district strategic plan, driving a comprehensive curriculum, and building and strengthening relationships with parents and the community.

Contact Information:
(218) 746-2117
jsavage@isd116.org

Middle School Principal Wade Mortenson

Wade Mortenson is the leader of Pillager Middle School. He provides leadership to a school where students, staff, visitors, parents, and community members feel welcome each time they enter the school of approximately 400 students.

His responsibilities include overseeing. planning and implementing the district strategic plan, driving a comprehensive curriculum, and building and strengthening relationships with parents and the community.

Contact Information:
(218) 746-2096
wmortenson@isd116.org

Elementary and Early Childhood Principal Josh Smith

Josh Smith is the leader of both Pillager Elementary and Early Childhood Schools. He provides leadership to a caring and dedicated staff that serves the needs of our youngest students. 

His responsibilities include overseeing. planning and implementing the district strategic plan, driving a comprehensive curriculum, and building and strengthening relationships with parents and the community.

Contact Information:
(218) 746-2110
jsmith@isd116.org