Narrowing the field

B-B-E school board narrows search to final superintendent candidate

While the process still has a ways to go, the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa school board made a big step towards selecting a new superintendent at a special work session meeting on Tuesday, April 24.

After a multi-hour long process with multiple interviews of four finalists for the top position at B-B-E, the school board voted to bring Patrick Walsh of Hutchinson back on Thursday for a final interview session.

Walsh is the current 9th-12th grade (senior high) principal at Hutchinson public schools. He is a native of Osakis who has held his current position at Hutchinson since June 2011.

You can read more information on Walsh and the other three finalists at the Jaguars sports blog: Also, below are the short biographies that were released by the Big River Group consulting firm, which has assisted the B-B-E school board throughout the search process.

Jeffrey Keil - Mr. Keil is presently the K-12 Principal at Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg public schools. Jeffrey received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth and Master's Degree from the University of Wyoming. Educational leadership positions include his current principalship at KMS Schools along with Principalships at Kennedy Elementary in Willmar, MN, Woodland Park Elementary in Sheridan, WY, and Hulett Elementary School in Hulett, WY.

Josie Dingmann - Mrs. Dingmann is presently serving as the Community Education Director and Middle School Math Teacher at B-B-E Schools. Josie received her Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree from St. Cloud State University. She completed her administrative licensure from Minnesota State University Moorhead and will complete her Superintendent licensure work at St. Cloud State University. Educational leadership positions include experience with Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. along with her present position.

Michael Pagel - Mr. Pagel is presently serving as the Elementary Principal and Agriculture Instructor at Fulda Public Schools. Michael received his Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree from North Dakota State University. He completed his educational course work for administrative licensure at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. Educational leadership positions include his present position at Fulda Public Schools.

Patrick Walsh - Mr. Walsh is presently the Principal at Hutchinson High School in Hutchinson, MN. Patrick received his Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree from North Dakota State University. Mr. Walsh completed his administrative licensure at Minnesota State, Mankato and received his Education Specialist degree from the University of Minnesota. Education leadership experience include Principalships at St. Clair High School and Kenyon-Wanamingo High School along with his present position.

That's all for now. To read more on the April 24 school board meeting, refer to the upcoming April 26 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper.


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