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Rochester School Board Selects Interim Superintendent

May 13, 2021

We are pleased to announce that at a special board meeting on May 13, the Rochester School Board voted to select Dr. Kent Pekel as the district’s interim superintendent.

“We believe Dr. Pekel has the qualifications and skills needed in Rochester’s interim superintendent. We feel Dr. Pekel will come into the position with an open mind, ready to listen, and committed to moving the District forward in our equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives, as well as continuing our commitment to academic excellence and opportunities for all students,” said Jean Marvin, Board Chair. “We look forward to working with Dr. Pekel here at Rochester Public Schools.”

The School Board will be conducting contract negotiations with Dr. Pekel, and a contract is expected to be approved by the School Board at a May 18 regular school board meeting.

The pending start date for Dr. Pekel will be July 1, 2021.

Search Timeline

  • Announce Vacancy April 2, 2021
  • Application Deadline April 26, 2021
  • Applicant Screening April 27-May 7, 2021
  • Candidate Interviews May 11 & 13, 2021
  • Approve Contract May 18, 2021
  • Superintendent Begins July 1, 2021