ST. CLOUD -- Getting the new Catholic School District off on the right foot, that's the job of Kevin Powers.

Powers recently accepted the position to be the district's first superintendent, and was in St. Cloud last week to explore his new town.

Powers says, he has high expectations for his first few years.

"I hope over the next three to five years that we create one of the best districts in the state, that families that are there are happy and growing, and recruit new families and students to come up here, and to ensure test scores are high, and the schools affordable for all families."

Powers added that he is not going to try and change any individual Church traditions.

"I want everyone to know that just because it's becoming a district it doesn't mean you're losing the identity of your school and church."

Powers has taught at two different schools in Chicago and Los Angeles before taking his current position as Principal at St. Margaret of Scotland in Chicago where he's worked for four years.

The new district will have around 1900 students from eight different schools around the St. Cloud metro:

  • All Saints Academy (St. Cloud and St. Joseph)
  • Cathedral High School (St. Cloud)
  • Holy Cross (Pearl Lake)
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (St. Cloud)
  • St. Francis Xavier (Sartell)
  • St. Katherine Drexel (St. Cloud)
  • St. Mary Help of Christians (St. Augusta)
  • St. Wendelin (Luxemburg)

He was one of three finalists for the CCS job, and officially takes over on July 1st.