District 508 News and Notes

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Kurt Hildebrandt

When the City of St. Peter and Saint Peter Public School District approved the hiring of a second Police Liaison Officer for the school district they turned to a familiar face to fill the new position.

  Jon Hughes is SPPS's newest Police Liaison 
  Officer and will primarily work at Saint Peter Middle
  School and North Elementary along with sharing 
  duties at South Elementary with Tom Winsell.

Local law enforcement officer Jon Hughes, who has worked with the St. Peter Police Department since 2012 and worked as deputy with the Nicollet County Sheriff’s Office prior to that, began his collaborative position in mid-January and has already been busy familiarizing himself with the students and buildings. He will team up with Tom Winsell to cover District 508’s five main buildings (Saint Peter High School, Saint Peter Middle School, North Elementary, South Elementary, and MVED). When school isn’t in session during the summer months, he will resume his regular patrol duties with St. Peter Police.

“I’m very excited about my new role here as the second School Liaison Officer working with Saint Peter Public Schools,” Hughes said. “It will be much easier now to take care of the responsibilities we have at all five buildings with two officers (Hughes and Tom Winsell) instead of just one as they had here for many years. 

“I’m primarily responsible for all calls at Saint Peter Middle School and North Elementary, while Tom takes care of Saint Peter High School and MVED. Together we will share coverage at South Elementary, but both of us are able help out at any of the buildings if needed. Tom has done an excellent job during his time here and I hope to emulate what he has done.”

Hughes is no stranger to Saint Peter Public Schools having assisted Winsell with ALICE training for school staff and students in each of the buildings as well as other duties. He’s also a parent of a school-aged child attending classes at SPPS.

“Right now I’ve kept busy reaching out to students and staff and getting them familiar with having me around at the Middle School and North,” Hughes said. “I want students to feel comfortable enough with me to approach me whether it’s just to have a friendly chat or talk about a more serious matter.

“I’m very focused on addressing issues such as bullying and harassment in each of the buildings as well as connecting with students through support groups, houses, and possibly reestablishing a school patrol group. I’m also planning on continuing activities such as Shop With a Hero and Casting With Cops, which help build relationships with the kids. I also plan to start reading in the different classrooms as another way to connect and let the kids know I’m here for them.”

To get in touch with Jon Hughes, he can be reached by phone at 507-934-4210, ext. 5101 and by email at jhughes3@stpeterschools.org or jonh@saintpeter.mn.gov.  

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Kurt Hildebrandt

Meeting to focus on occupational therapy and how it can help kids day-to-day

District 508's Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) invites the public to join them at an Occupational Therapy Informational Presentation on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the Saint Peter Middle School's media center (enter door A).

Guest speaker for the presentation will be Sam Olsen from Go Therapy to speak on how Occupation Therapy can help our kids day-to-day. Sam will present information about techniques, activities, and resources that are available for parents to use with their children.

Parents, teachers, and staff are invited to join us for this presentation. We welcome all to attend and learn more about Occupational Therapy. (See flyer below for more details.)

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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.