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Seton hires interim principal

An interim principal is now in place at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School.

Hastings resident Larry Noble, a retired principal who has served in both public and Catholic schools, began his employment at the school Monday, Aug. 23. The principal position at the preschool to grade eight school became vacant with the resignation of long-time principal Rita Humbert last week. She has accepted the acting principal position at Westside Elementary School in River Falls, Wis.

Meanwhile, the search process for a permanent principal at Seton School has also begun. The position opening has been posted at the website of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and will also appear on at least one other education website. Applications will be accepted until Sept. 30.

The church is in the process of assembling a committee of parish and school community members to review applications and conduct interviews. The committee, chaired by retired Hastings Independent School District 200 superintendent and parishioner Ken LaCroix, will be comprised of teachers, school parents, staff members, parish trustees, and our priests. Interviews are tentatively planned in early October, with the new principal assuming his or her duties by Nov. 1.

In a statement to teachers, staff and school families, the Rev. James Perkl, church pastor, wrote, "This is a time of transition, a time of parting, and time of new beginnings. Often at times such as this the action of the Holy Spirit can be more discernable."

"God will certainly bless Rita Humbert in her new work, and the Holy Spirit will certainly continue to bless our parish and school community. We also have a strong advocate in our namesake the founder of Catholic Schools in America."