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District 508 News and Notes

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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.

PRINCIPAL CONTACT INFO

SPHS Principal Annette Engeldinger --  aengeldinger@stpeterschools.org or 934-4212, ext. 

SPMS Principal Jon Graff -- jgraff@stpeterschools.org or 934-4210, ext. 5019

North Principal Darin Doherty -- ddoherty@stpeterschools.org or 934-3260, ext. 4006

South Principal Doreen Oelke -- doelke@stpeterschools.org or 934-2754, ext. 3031

MVED Director John Lustig -- justig1@mved.org or 934-5420, ext. 1221

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Kurt Hildebrandt

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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Kurt Hildebrandt

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.

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Kurt Hildebrandt

Second round of interviews to take place on March 12 at Saint Peter Middle School

During a special meeting Friday evening, the Saint Peter School Board announced the three finalists for the position of Superintendent of Saint Peter Public Schools. Those three were selected from a field of six who participated in the first round of interviews on Thursday and Friday. 

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

The search process will now move into the final interview phase, which is set for Thursday, March 12, with most of the activity taking place at Saint Peter Middle School. That phase will include tours of the district and community, the school board interview, and a public forum with each candidate.

The public forums with the candidates will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Middle School theater. Any member of the public interested in submitting questions for the candidates must be at the theater by 3:15 p.m. More detailed schedule information on the second round of interviews will be released as it becomes available.

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Kurt Hildebrandt

District 508’s search for a new Superintendent took a big step forward as six finalists were announced by the Saint Peter School Board at a special meeting on Monday (March 2) evening.

Those finalists, in no particular order, include (name and current position held):

  • Mark Grossklaus, Principal at Albert Lea High School
  • Jonas Beugen, Executive Director at Tesfa International School in Columbia Heights
  • William Gronseth, Superintendent at Duluth Public Schools
  • Theodore Ihns, Superintendent at Howard-Winneshiek Community Schools, Cresco, Iowa
  • Michael Neubeck, MS Principal at Mahtomedi
  • Jason Mix, Principal at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School

The search process will now move into the first interview phase with finalist interviews set to take place on the following dates and times at Saint Peter High School:

  • Thursday, March 5, starting at 3:15 p.m. 
  • Friday, March 6, starting at 3:15 p.m.

There will be three interviews conducted during the initial interview phase to be conducted separately by school board members, staff members, and community members. The interview with the school board members will be open to the public.