Alexandria School District hires new assistant superintendent

Alexandria Public Schools announced the selection of Darcy Josephson to the position of Assistant Superintendent – Teaching and Learning.

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Darcy Josephson

School Board approval is expected at the May 18 regular board meeting. She will join the school district this summer, taking over the position vacated by Rick Sansted, who will assume the Superintendent position effective July 1.

Josephson is currently the Director of Teaching and Learning for the Redwood Area School District (Redwood Falls), a position she has held since 2008. During her time in teaching and learning, she has served as the district assessment coordinator, facilitated curriculum review, planned professional development and helped build a Career and Technical Education Center in partnership with the local businesses and agriculture community.

Before her current role, Josephson brings over 20 years of experience in various parts – as a coordinator for flexible learning year professional development for 25 school districts across southwest Minnesota, curriculum and staff development and assessment coordinator, gifted and enrichment coordinator and elementary teacher.

“We are excited to have Darcy join our leadership team,” Sansted said. “Her experiences in education include support for core instruction, innovation and community partnerships. Her expertise will be an asset to our community as we continue to seek to provide quality learning experiences for our students and staff.”

Josephson holds a bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead in elementary education, a master’s degree in education from Hamline University, education administration K-12 principal licensure from Saint Mary’s University and superintendent licensure from Minnesota State University Mankato.


Darcy and her husband Mark have three sons – Logan, Zach and Connor. Logan and Zach attend college while Connor is a junior in high school.

Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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