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Posted on 03/31/2020

Finalists selected for Hastings Public Schools superintendent position

HASTINGS — The Hastings School Board has selected two finalists to interview for the school district’s superintendent vacancy. The finalists were selected from a pool of six semi-finalists based on criteria established by the school board. The finalists are:

Bob McDowell, Assistant Superintendent, Stillwater Public Schools, Interview time:  5:15 - 6:15 PM
Sara Paul, Assistant Superintendent, White Bear Lake Area Schools, Interview time: 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Deliberations will begin at 8:00 following the conclusion of the final interview.

The community is invited to participate in Community Input Forums. 
To participate please view both of the candidates recorded forums by clicking each of the link provided below.  Once you have watched both videos, you may submit your comments which will be reviewed by the school board.  PLEASE REMEMBER, to submit feedback you must watch both of the forums.  

Community Forum - Sara Paul

Community Forum - Robert McDowell

To submit your feedback after watching both of the candidate video's please click on the link below until 6:00 PM, today, April 2, 2020.
Community Forum Feedback

Due to the health pandemic, the school board has determined that it is not feasible for at least one board member, the superintendent, or the school district’s legal counsel to be physically present at the regular meeting location. It is also not feasible for the public to attend at the regular meeting location due to the health pandemic.

 In accordance with Minnesota Statutes 13D.021, members of the public are not permitted to attend this meeting due to the current health pandemic.  The meeting will be live streamed on Hastings Community TV YouTube channel and recorded for public viewing on the school district website as well.

Links to first round interview:

Bob McDowell Round 1 Interview:
Sara Paul Round 1 Interview:
Jeff Pesta Round 1 Interview:
Rev Hillstrom Round 1 Interview:
Jeff Ridlehoover Round 1 Interview:
Mark Zuzek Round 1 Interview:
First Round Interview Deliberations:

Public comment for school board meetings may be submitted as follows: 
Becky Carrasco-Garcia,
 (651) 480-7010

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
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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 be recorded and posted on the website for public viewing.

This will still allow those community members who are willing and 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