Newsmakers: New Osseo Area Schools Superintendent Dr. Kim Hiel
Dr. Kim Hiel has returned to the administration of Osseo Schools.
The former assistant superintendent at Osseo Schools spent the last five years as superintendent of Fridley Schools.
“It’s a good feeling to be back,” said Hiel, whose first day was July 1. She’s succeeding former Superintendent Cory McIntyre, who is now the top executive of Anoka-Hennepin Schools. “I know quite a few people, but I know there’s a few people that I don’t know and they don’t know me, so it’s good to see all of the hard work that Osseo Area Schools have done over the last few years and just be able to keep that work growing and going and being able to support our staff and our scholars.”
Osseo School Board members voted in May to send a $223 million bonding referendum to voters in November.
“We’re looking for how we build spaces for our career, our math, our science areas,” said Hiel. “We already have a plan laid out for the next few years of what we need for our students to continue to increase their academics for them to go out in the world and be successful.”
School districts have faced many challenges in recent years. Those have ranged from the COVID-19 shutdowns and restrictions, to dwindling workforce numbers and increasing scrutiny from parents over what happens in the classroom.
“For some, it would be a challenging time, but to me, it’s an exciting time because there’s such a framework in place for us to do,” said Hiel. “We have a tight alignment to what we need to do. After COVID, we can handle anything.”