School Board Swearing-in ceremony

From the left, Mike Reis, Jessica Dressely and Carrie Tate take an oath to serve Hastings schools at their first meeting as board members on Jan. 5.

The Hastings School Board welcomed three new board members Wednesday at its first meeting of 2022.

Carrie Tate, Jessica Dressely and Mike Reis were sworn in at last night's meeting after being elected to the board in November.

The three new members replaced previous board members Scott Gergen, Dave Pemble and Kelsey Waits and will serve four-year terms. They join current members Becky Beissel, Brian Davis, Lisa Hedin and Stephanie Malm.

“It is an honor that you were appointed to guide the education of our community’s children,” Malm said during the swearing-in ceremony. “This power puts you and the other members of the school board in a position of being morally and legally responsible for the equitable, quality education of every student in our district.”

The board also voted for new officers on Wednesday, electing Davis for chair, Malm for vice chair, Hedin as treasurer and Beissel as clerk.

Officer elections displayed a split between the board newcomers and continuing members as the newcomers voted primarily within themselves and continuing board members voted exclusively for incumbents.

Board members nominate each other for officer positions during the first meeting of the year and vote directly after for each nominee.

Davis received a nomination for board chair by Hedin and in turn received the majority vote from all continuing members, while Dressely nominated Tate who received three votes from the new board members.

Dressely in turn nominated Tate for vice chair, again receiving three votes from the new members, while Hedin nominated Malm who received all continuing board members’ votes.

For board clerk, Tate nominated Dressely who received all new members votes, while Malm nominated Beissel who received all continuing members’ votes.

Hedin received the only nomination for treasurer and received all seven board members votes.

In addition to officer elections, the board discussed committee assignments and are expected to fill those positions within the following days. 

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Sophia Voight is a reporter for the Hastings Star Gazette. She is from Oshkosh, WI and graduated from the UW Oshkosh with a bachelor's degree in Multimedia Journalism in 2021. She can be reached with any news tips at


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