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Kurt Hildebrandt

   New Saint Peter Superintendent Bill Gronseth 
   began his duties with District 508 on July 1. 

A new era for Saint Peter Public Schools began today as new Superintendent Bill Gronseth officially began his duties as the top administrator for District 508.

Gronseth, who had previously served as Superintendent for Duluth Public Schools since 2012, takes over for Jeff Olson, who served the 2019-20 school year as Interim Superintendent for Saint Peter Public Schools. A native of Duluth, Gronseth earned his master’s degree in education from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and has a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. 

"I am thrilled to be officially serving as Superintendent for the Saint Peter Schools," Gronseth said. "Many thanks to Dr. Olson and the amazing administrative team for all of their support during the transition. 

"I'm looking forward to continuing my conversations with staff, families, and students in the coming days!"

Bill and his wife Deanna, who recently moved to St. Peter, have two grown children.


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The Minnesota Department of Human Services is now offering additional funds for the families of children ages 5 to 18 who qualify for free and reduced-price meals. This new program, called Pandemic EBT (P-EBT), will provide $325 per child that families can use to purchase nutritious food for their household. Families with children who received free or reduced-price meals at school, and who were between the ages of 5 and 18 on September 1, 2019, may qualify. Benefits are available to two groups:  

  • Families receiving Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits on March 18, 2020. Benefits for these families were issued automatically and appeared on their EBT balance on May 30, 2020. These families do not need to take any further action.

  • Families receiving free or reduced-price school meals, but not SNAP or MFIP benefits. These families need to fill out a short application for a P-EBT card. Families can apply between June 8, 2020, and June 30, 2020. If approved, families will receive a P-EBT card in the mail, which will arrive with the funds preloaded.  

Families in need of assistance accessing or using their P-EBT benefits are urged to contact the P-EBT Hotline at 651-431-4050 or 800-657-3698.  

If your family or someone you know needs additional ongoing assistance accessing healthy foods, please contact your local tribal or county human services office, visit ApplyMN, or call the Minnesota Food HelpLine at 888-711-1151.

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Kurt Hildebrandt

Good afternoon Saint Peter Public Schools and MVED students, staff, and families. This is Jeff Olson, Superintendent of Schools, with an important school closure announcement. All schools in the district will be closed beginning, Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27. Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17, will be “Flexible Learning Days.” Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 27 schools will be closed to allow staff time to develop comprehensive and long-term distance learning plans.

Please note that all buildings in the district will be closed during this time period and all practices and events have been canceled. At the discretion of the parents and guardians, families and students are allowed to come to a school site to retrieve personal belongings and school supplies on Monday, March 16 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Again, students and staff will be participating in flexible learning days on March 16 and March 17. Principals can be reached by phone or email and I encourage you to contact them with questions.

Thank you for your understanding as we move through uncertain times.


SPHS Principal Annette Engeldinger -- or 934-4212, ext. 

SPMS Principal Jon Graff -- or 934-4210, ext. 5019

North Principal Darin Doherty -- or 934-3260, ext. 4006

South Principal Doreen Oelke -- or 934-2754, ext. 3031

MVED Director John Lustig -- or 934-5420, ext. 1221

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Negotiations with Duluth Public Schools Superintendent to begin Friday

  William Gronseth

William Gronseth, the current Superintendent for Duluth Public Schools, was extended an offer by the Saint Peter School Board to become the next Superintendent for Saint Peter Public Schools. The board made the unanimous decision during their special meeting Thursday (March 12) evening, which took place after the second round of interviews earlier that day.

The board will now enter into negotiations with Gronseth on a mutually agreeable employment contract as well as conduct a criminal background check. He is expected to be in St. Peter on Friday to begin negotiations. 

The other finalists were Mark Grossklaus, Albert Lea High School Principal, and Michael Neubeck, Mahtomedi Middle School Principal. 


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Forums to begin a half hour later from what was originally scheduled 

The schedule for the public forum portion of Thursday’s second round of interviews, in the search process for the new Saint Peter Superintendent, has been modified from what was originally scheduled.

The first public forum with one of the three finalists, which will take place in the Saint Peter Middle School theater, begins at 4 p.m. with the subsequent sessions set for 4:35 p.m. and 5:10 p.m. District residents who wish to submit questions for these forums need to be at the theater no later than 3:45 p.m.

In addition to the public forums, each of the three finalists will go through an interview with the Saint Peter School Board as well as a tour of the school district facilities and community. 

Those three finalists (listed alphabetically along with their current position) include:

  • William Gronseth, Superintendent at Duluth Public Schools
  • Mark Grossklaus, Principal at Albert Lea High School
  • Michael Neubeck, Middle School Principal at Mahtomedi

See below or click HERE for the complete Superintendent second interview schedule.