Recap: Rochester School Board selects Kent Pekel to be next superintendent

Follow along with education reporter Jordan Shearer at the Rochester School Board special session.

Rochester School Board
Rochester School Board

The Rochester School Board has selected Dr. Kent Pekel to be the interim superintendent. Pekel has accepted the offer pending contract negotiations, Board Chair Jean Marvin said.

The three finalists were:

  • Dr. John Thein, director of finance, Stillwater Area Public Schools
  • Dr. Kent Pekel, president and CEO, Search Institute, Minneapolis
  • Dr. Christina Bemboom, senior director of student support services, Eden Prairie Schools

The special session is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.


Jordan Shearer covers K-12 education for the Post Bulletin. A Rochester native, he graduated from Bemidji State University in 2013 before heading out to write for a small newsroom in the boonies of western Nebraska. Bringing things full circle, he returned to Rochester in 2020 just shy of a decade after leaving. Readers can reach Jordan at 507-285-7710 or
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