Superintendent Search

Superintendent Search

Hastings Public Schools is searching for an interim superintendent to complete the 2019-2020 school year beginning in January of 2020.  

The district will also be searching for a new superintendent who will lead the district permanently beginning in July of 2020.  

This webpage will be updated on a regular basis as the search progresses for both of these positions. 

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


Hastings Public Schools Interim Superintendent Selected
pictureHASTINGS — Hastings Public Schools would like to announce Dr. Jeff Pesta, was hired to serve as the  Interim Superintendent for Hastings Public Schools at a Special Board Meeting, on Monday, November 25, and will take over officially on January 1st, 2020 for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.  

Dr. Pesta holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Business Administration from Mankato State University, a Masters in Science Education from the University of Minnesota, Dr. Pesta received his Administrative Certificate from Minnesota State University, Mankato and his Doctorate from the University of St. Thomas.  Dr. Pesta administrative experience includes servings as an Associate Principal for the White Bear Lake School District, a Middle School Principal for Northfield Public Schools and most recently has been the Superintendent of Schools for Keyon-Wanamingo Public Schools.   

Dr. Pesta’s accomplishments include designing a new district website/branding and the implementation of Distance Learning Days to replace all weather cancellations.  He introduced interest based bargaining and successfully negotiated all district master agreements.  Most recently, he led the district campaign to revoke and replace a local operating levy and led a partnership with Owatonna Public Schools in an Achievement and Integration Plan. 

Dr. Pesta will begin officially on January 2nd, 2020 but will begin working closely with Superintendent Collins over the next several weeks to provide a smooth transition the students and staff of Hastings Public Schools.

Interim Contract