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Rochester Public Schools Selects Three Finalists for Interim Superintendent Position

May 7, 2021

The Rochester Public Schools School Board has selected three finalists to interview for the school district’s position of interim superintendent. The finalists were chosen from a pool of eleven applicants and selected based on hiring criteria established by the School Board. The finalists are: 

  • Dr. Christina Bemboom, Senior Director of Student Support Services, Eden Prairie Schools, MN
  • Dr. Kent Pekel, President and CEO, Search Institute, MN
  • Dr. John Thein, Director of Finance, Stillwater Area Public Schools, MN

The School Board has scheduled interviews for the finalists beginning at 4:00 pm on May 11, 2021. All interviews will be held via Microsoft Teams and will be live-streamed at YouTube.com/ISD535

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