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Partner Districts - Sauk Rapids / RiceSauk


"Sauk Rapids-Rice Public Schools has an outstanding reputation in Minnesota and beyond. Our students, personnel, and district have been recognized for their excellence and innovation by earning numerous local, state and national awards. While student achievement continues to increase, we still have more to do and are committed to academic success and preparedness for all children. We continue to work collaboratively to ensure that each and every child is well prepared for his/her postsecondary and career experiences in what is sure to be a demanding and ever changing environment.

The District serves students from Sauk Rapids and Rice, as well as parts of St. Cloud and Sartell with an Early Childhood and Adult Education Center, three elementary schools (K-5), one middle school (6-8), and a high school (9-12). The Sauk Rapids-Rice School District school district serves more than 4,200 students K-12.

Sauk Rapids-Rice School District Website


Sauk Rapids-Rice School District, Daniel Bittman

Superintendent Daniel Bittman received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in Secondary Education, teaching Spanish. His Master’s and Doctorate degrees were earned at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas in Education Leadership. Dr. Bittman served as Director of Licensed Personnel in the Clark County School District and of Elementary and Secondary Schools in the Centennial School District. He also served as Assistant Commissioner and Director of Licensing and Teacher Quality at the Minnesota Department of Education.

Superintendent Bittman has served as Superintendent of the Sauk Rapids-Rice Public Schools since July of 2010. In addition to his current assignment, he also serves on the Minnesota Board of Teaching as Minnesota’s administrative representative and will complete his current term in 2013.

Working Group Members



Working Group

Mike Rogers
Sauk Rapids-Rice Middle School
Julie Midas
Hill Side Elementary School
Mardi Knudson
Sauk Rapids-Rice District Office


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