District 508 News and Notes

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Kurt Hildebrandt

  The 2020 Saint Peter School Board members
  includes: front row (l to r) Tracy Stuewe, Bill Soder-
  lund; back row, Jon Carlson, Drew Dixon, Ben 
  Leonard, Vickie Hager, and Tim Lokensgard.

Saint Peter School Board members convened for the first time in 2020 on Monday (Jan. 6) evening for the board’s annual organizational meeting which included its two newest members, Tracy Stuewe and Bill Soderlund, taking the oath of office early in the meeting. A regular board meeting also took place that evening soon after the organizational meeting was completed.

Stuewe and Soderlund were elected to the board during the Nov. 5, 2019, general election after they were one of the top four vote getters along with incumbents Ben Leonard and Tim Lokensgard. Mark Karlsrud and Bob Meeks had their school board terms expire after 2019 and both opted not to run for reelection. 

The board also chose new officers for 2020. Those officer appointments are as follows:

  • Board Chair - Ben Leonard
  • Vice Chair - Tim Lokensgard
  • Clerk - Drew Dixon
  • Treasurer - Jon Carlson

The other non-officer board members include Vickie Hager, Stuewe and Soderlund. 

The board hosts its regular meetings on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Governor’s Room at the St. Peter Community Center. They also host study sessions on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Saint Peter Middle School media center. Those dates and times are subject to change, per board approval. Both the regular meetings and workshop sessions are open to the public. 


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Kurt Hildebrandt

The Saint Peter School Board has established the following timeline for conducting its search for a new superintendent. 

  • The deadline for receiving applications is February 24, 2020.

  • The applicant screening meeting will be held on March 2, 2020. 

  • The first round of interviews will be on March 5 & March 6, 2020.

  • The second round of interviews will be held March 12, 2020.

  • The new superintendent’s contract will be approved on March 16, 2020.

All board meetings related to the superintendent search, including the first and second rounds of interviews, are open to the public to listen to the proceedings. Click here for a copy of the position vacancy announcement.

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Kurt Hildebrandt

Leonard, Soderlund, Stuewe & Lokensgard win seats on board

Two incumbents and two newcomers unofficially have earned seats on the Saint Peter School Board after Tuesday’s general election results were released late Tuesday evening. Ten candidates were on this year’s ballot for the four open seats with incumbents Ben Leonard and Tim Lokensgard and newcomers Bill Soderlund and Tracy Stuewe being chosen by District 508 voters to fill those seats, which are four-year terms.

Leonard had the highest vote total with 1,015 votes while Soderlund was close behind with 991. Stuewe was the third-highest with 868 votes while Lokensgard earned reelection with 847 votes. 

Other candidates who ran included Bill Kautt (769 votes), Julie Carlblom (719), Mohamed Abdulkadir (650), Molly Wendroth (539), Andy Vanderlinden (363), and Bernadette Volk (321).

The results of this year’s general election will not be official until they are canvassed by the Saint Peter School Board, which will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Saint Peter Middle School media center.

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Kurt Hildebrandt

With this year’s General Election less than a week away, on Tuesday, Nov. 5, below is a run down of where Saint Peter School District residents will vote that day. Ten candidates will be running for four open seats on the Saint Peter School Board as part of this year’s General Election. Those four seats are four-year terms.

Voters in St. Peter will cast their ballots in the following locations:

  • Ward I -- Johnson Hall, Nicollet County Fairgrounds, 400 West Union Street.
  • Ward II -- St. Peter Community Center, 600 South Fifth Street.

Voters in District 508 living outside the St. Peter city limits will cast their ballots as follows:

  • Nicollet County residents -- MVED Building*, 801 Davis Street, St. Peter. (Also known as the Old District Office. Please enter on rear/north side of building.) 
  • Le Sueur County residents -- Kasota City Hall, 200 North Webster, Street, Kasota. 

Polls will be open on November 5 beginning at 7 a.m. and will close at 8 p.m.

Absentee ballots are available from the Nicollet County Property and Public Services Office at 501 South Minnesota Avenue through Monday, Nov. 4, during regular business hours.  The Property and Public Services Office will also be open Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for absentee voting.

Persons with questions regarding this information are encouraged to call the St. Peter City Administrator’s office at 934-0663.


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Kurt Hildebrandt

Saint Peter Public Schools are looking for district parents and community members to become a part of its World’s Best Workforce (WBWF)/Staff Development District Advisory Committee.

The WBWF/Staff Development District Advisory Committee plays a key role in guiding and providing input on the World’s Best Workforce Plan and the Staff Development Plan. The committee meets on a bi-annual basis to: 

  1. review plans for each WBWF goal area.
  2. provide input on strategies for meeting each goal area.
  3. to review progress in meeting the goals tied to each component.
  4. to receive input from site teams relative to the plan.
  5. to provide input on the district’s Staff Development Plan. 

Those interested in being a part of this Advisory Committee should contact Saint Peter High School Principal Annette Engeldinger at 507-934-4212 or aengeldinger@stpeterschools.org by October 30.