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Partner Districts - Monticello


Monticello is derived from the Italian word "Little Mountain" because the city is situated at the base of one of the highest points in Wright County. Situated along the Mississippi River and Interstate 94 it is an ideal location for people to live and raise a family. In the winter months, Monticello is home to over 1200 swans as the river remains open year-around. The Monticello School District has nearly 4100 students in six schools including an alternative learning program.

Monticello School District Website





Monticello School District, Jim Johnson

Superintendent Jim Johnson graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education and Social Studies. He obtained his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from St. Cloud State University. Superintendent Johnson worked as a Middle School Teacher and subsequently as Dean of Students for Sartell Middle School from 1987-1997. He served as Middle School Principal in New Prague from 1997-1999 and Monticello from 1999-2003. From 2003-2005 he served as Assistant Superintendent in Monticello and has been their Superintendent since 2005.


Working Group Members



Working Group

Cindee Hoberg
Monticello High School


Eric Olson
Pinewood Elementary School
Annette Bieniek
Monticello Middle School
Matt Coalwell
Monticello Middle School


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