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Redmond will lead Goodhue Schools

The Goodhue School Board approved hiring Mike Redmond as the new superintendent for Goodhue Public Schools in a special meeting Tuesday evening.

Redmond is currently the executive director of secondary education for the Stillwater (Minn.) School District. Previously, he taught social studies and economics at Mahtomedi (Minn.) High School and worked as principal at a middle school in the North St. Paul Maplewood Oakdale School District.

This will be his first superintendent position.

"The biggest thing we were looking for was leadership," Board Chair Brian Schafer said of the superintendent search. "Through every step of the process, we were very impressed with Mike Redmond's qualifications. ... We're elated to have him on board."

Schafer added that the board was pleased with Redmond's communication skills and his knowledge and competence with school finance and curriculum.

"Mike definitely, we felt, had all the skills we were looking for," he said. "We've definitely got the right person for the job."

The board also approved a three-year contract with Redmond during the special meeting Tuesday.

For Redmond, Goodhue is considerably smaller than the schools that he has previously worked at. But he said that the district's size is "part of the appeal and attraction."

"As I became more and more familiar with the school district, there's proud traditions, strong community support, what appears to be an outstanding school board," Redmond said. "It appears from top to bottom ... to be a great place. I'm excited."

Redmond will officially begin work July 1, though he said he will be in Goodhue during this month to begin meeting community members and school staff.

He will be taking over the position vacated by Bob Bangtson, who served as Goodhue's superintendent for the past 12 years. Bangtson announced his retirement in January.

Both Redmond and Schafer acknowledged that there will be a transition period for the district and for Redmond.

"Anytime you go to a new place, there's a steep learning curve; what are the strengths and (opportunities for) growth?" Redmond said. "I look at both parts of that as enjoyable. I love to learn. I'm already enjoying learning about Goodhue."

Schafer said the district will rely on Principals Mike Harvey and Mark Opsahl to help provide consistency for the district and administration team as Redmond settles in.

"They'll be very important in helping with this transition," Schafer said.

Redmond, 48, will be moving to Goodhue with his wife, Carol, who was recently hired by the Goodhue County Education District as a literacy coach. The couple has two sons; Ryan, 20, will be a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and Reed, 17, will begin his freshmen year at Loyola University in Chicago in the fall.

Sarah Gorvin
Sarah Gorvin has been with the Republican Eagle for two years and covers education, business and crime and courts. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2010 with a  journalism degree.