Superintendent Search

Superintendent Search
Posted on 03/25/2020

Hastings Public Schools is searching for a new superintendent who will lead the district beginning July 1st, 2020.  This webpage will be updated on a regular basis as the search progresses for this position. 

Interested stakeholders may also find information in local media; through the district’s social media accounts; and through school-based communications.

Six semi-finalists selected for Hastings Public Schools superintendent position

The Hastings Public Schools School Board has selected six semi-finalists to interview for the school district’s superintendent vacancy. The finalists were selected from a pool of 25 applicants based on criteria established by the school board.

Due to the Governor's Stay-At-Home Order, all interviews will be held virtually.  In order to ensure a fair and equitable process for each candidate, the interviews will be videotaped by the media and be available to view once the final interview has been completed.  A link will be posted on this page once the video is available.  

The finalists are: 

Rev Hillstrom, Director of Educational Equity, Osseo Area Schools
Robert McDowell, Assistant Superintendent, Stillwater Public Schools
Sara Paul, Assistant Superintendent, White Bear Lake Area Schools
Jeff Pesta, Interim Superintendent, Hastings Public Schools
Jeffery Ridlehoover, Assistant Superintendent, Mounds View Public Schools
Mark Zuzek, Superintendent, Intermediate School District #917

The school board has scheduled interviews for the finalists beginning:

First Round Interview Schedule  
The order below is subject to change
Monday, March 30, 2020 
8:15 a.m. Bob McDowell 
9:30 a.m. Sara Paul 
10:30 a.m. Break 
10:45 a.m. Jeff Pesta 
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 
8:15 a.m. Rev Hillstrom 
9:30 a.m. Jeff Ridlehoover 
10:30 a.m. Break 
10:45 a.m. Mark Zuzek 
Please note, times are approximate. 

Round Two Interviews will take place on:
Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 at 2:00 PM - Location to be determined.

All interviews are open to the public. 

Hastings School District ISD #200
Superintendent Search Update
Change in Final Round Interview Community Forum Process

Due to the Governor’s Executive Order there has been a change in how the final round interviews are going to be held on April 2nd.  Instead of holding three community listening forums in person, the forums will now be streamed live online.  This will still allow those community members who are able to watch all three of the community listening forums the ability to complete an online feedback form.  This information will then be provided to Hastings School Board members for consideration before deliberations occur.  
Again, while all community members are welcome to view these live streams of the community listening forums, only those that can listen to all three will be able to provide feedback.  This is done to ensure that there is a fair process for all of the candidates involved.  
The current timeline for the community listening forums on April 2nd are as follows:
Community Forum 1: 1:30 – 2:45 PM
Community Forum 2: 2:45 – 4:00 PM
Community Forum 3: 4:00 – 5:15 PM

As community members you are welcome to submit any questions you would like by submitting them electronically through a Google Form. 

Questions may be submitted online by
Clicking Here or or by picking up a physical copy at any of the main office locations in the district.